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posted 01-02-2002 01:14 PM ET (US)
I'm getting ready to replace the woodwork in my 1963 13'. I've seen starboard referenced before- what are the benefits/problems with this? I realize the restore won't be original, but I'm trying to be economical with an old boat that would otherwise take a great deal of $ and effort to bring back to showroom.
|Tom W Clark||
posted 01-02-2002 02:29 PM ET (US)
You will not save any money on materials by using Starboard. It also will not be very strong for use as thwart seats. Nothing beats real wood. If you don't like the idea of varnishing then just paint it.
posted 01-02-2002 02:51 PM ET (US)
PAINT IT??? AAAAUUUGGGHHH!!!
Tom!, How could you suggest such a thing?
Red sky at night. . .
posted 01-02-2002 03:24 PM ET (US)
starboard is VERY expensive and will need to be supported for twarts. I used 3/4-1"? solid pine and stained it mohagany on an old alum boat and it looked great and was strong. Cost was about $70. We called it the Buddy Davis edition.
posted 01-02-2002 06:26 PM ET (US)
Just what color do we want to paint this thing???? David
posted 01-03-2002 11:42 AM ET (US)
From what I've found online, Starboard costs about $400 for a 4' x 8' x 1" sheet. Not exactly cost effective.
posted 01-03-2002 02:33 PM ET (US)
i'd think that any "good" wood i.e. white oak,cedar, walnut,ash, heart cypress or pine would be pretty done clear,and as for painting it? why not? you have to protect it some way.. and i bet you could" fake" mahogany or teak easily enough..it's been done 100+ years by furniture people.starboard? ugh! lm
posted 01-06-2002 06:53 PM ET (US)
I recently saw a 15' Whaler yacht tender redone with black starboard. Whoever did it, knew what they were doing. The console legs were done with double thickness (1 1/2") and the seats had intermediate supports added.
It couldn't have been an economical solution, as mentioned above, but rather, for a boat carried on board, done for maintenance reasons. But it did look surprisingly good.
Whaler currently uses starboard in their previous "Standard" model, and now in the "Alert" CPD models. It looks cheap, and is not detailed as well as it should be. The thwart seats do have intermediate SS legs installed.
Starboard is really only designed to be used for small pieces, and trim work, like console doors, cooler cleats, rod racks, etc, since in 3/4" thickness, it warps badly when used in large sections. I would not recommend it as a cost saving idea unless you get professional design help in the re-build.
posted 01-09-2002 05:30 PM ET (US)
Starboard warps badly when not properly supported. I've got half a sheet of it in the garage. If properly supported, it makes a darn nice Zero maintenance interior. Another thing to mention is that it's coefficient of thermal expansion is rather high, like many plastics. So tolerances on holes for screws need extra clearance.
There used to be a guy in my area who did refurbs on nothing but whalers. He salvaged the wood interiors where he could, and made Starboard interiors for the rest. Unfortunately, he sold his home on the ICW and moved to the mountains in North Carolina.
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