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gfisher posted 01-02-2002 01:14 PM ET (US)   Profile for gfisher   Send Email to gfisher  
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)     Profile for Tom W Clark  Send Email to Tom W Clark     
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.
JBCornwell posted 01-02-2002 02:51 PM ET (US)     Profile for JBCornwell  Send Email to JBCornwell     

Tom!, How could you suggest such a thing?

Red sky at night. . .
JB :)

Bigshot posted 01-02-2002 03:24 PM ET (US)     Profile for Bigshot  Send Email to Bigshot     
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.
David Ratusnik posted 01-02-2002 06:26 PM ET (US)     Profile for David Ratusnik  Send Email to David Ratusnik     
Just what color do we want to paint this thing???? David
whaleryo posted 01-03-2002 11:42 AM ET (US)     Profile for whaleryo  Send Email to whaleryo     
From what I've found online, Starboard costs about $400 for a 4' x 8' x 1" sheet. Not exactly cost effective.
gunnelgrabber posted 01-03-2002 02:33 PM ET (US)     Profile for gunnelgrabber  Send Email to gunnelgrabber     
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's been done 100+ years by furniture people.starboard? ugh! lm
lhg posted 01-06-2002 06:53 PM ET (US)     Profile for lhg    
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.

where2 posted 01-09-2002 05:30 PM ET (US)     Profile for where2  Send Email to where2     
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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