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MarkM posted 06-24-2002 02:27 PM ET (US)   Profile for MarkM   Send Email to MarkM  
We have a 1980 Outrage 20. Under the gunwhales are four wood brakets used for storing rods or boathooks, etc. The pair on the port side are damaged beyond repair.

They look like varnished marine plywood. I'd like to rebuild them all in a matching harwood and refinish.

I am also redoing the cooler brakets and braces which hold down the console. Should I try to match this wood? (Whatever it is)

What would you suggest for the type of wood and finish for these?

Thanks for you insight.

SeaHag posted 06-24-2002 10:43 PM ET (US)     Profile for SeaHag  Send Email to SeaHag     
I am in the same situation, except I don't have any rod racks. I am contemplating fabbing them myself.

I hope you get some feedback as I'm curious also.

boland posted 06-25-2002 02:29 PM ET (US)     Profile for boland  Send Email to boland     
I had same situation on '82' OR20. The orig teak racks are vulnerable to misplaced feet,especially the lower hooks. I took all four of mine out and carefully marked their position making sure to keep the aluminum brackets on the top, in the same holders they were in. I duplicated the racks in my shop using white oak being especially careful to drill the bottom holes in the exact position as the originals. I didn't want any more holes in the fiberglass.
I finished the holders with a stain close to the exisisting teak and applied four coats of marine spar varnish. If you're careful with the duplication they will slip back in to their orig position just fine. They look decent and believe they will take a little more abuse than the teak. Chris B.
David Ratusnik posted 06-25-2002 02:41 PM ET (US)     Profile for David Ratusnik  Send Email to David Ratusnik     
Starboard- your choice black or white. .03
Tom W Clark posted 06-26-2002 10:48 AM ET (US)     Profile for Tom W Clark  Send Email to Tom W Clark     

The rod racks on your boat were made of varnished mahogany plywood. The cooler cleats most likely were made of Philippine mahogany. You could use teak plywood for the rid racks and teak for the cooler cleats if you want to. Some people use plastic like starboard but I prefer the look of wood.

The varnished mahogany rod racks on my Outrage 18 held up very well. I sold that boat when it was 17 years old and the rod racks had never been refinished (the only pieces of wood that hadnít). Though they could have used a new coat of varnish at that point they had not delaminated or broken at all.

What you do not want to use is solid wood for your rod racks. The hooks will split off if you do. Use plywood in the flavor of your choice.

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