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posted 09-04-2002 11:46 PM ET (US)
What is Starboard?
Is it easier to work with over Mahogany?
posted 09-05-2002 08:08 AM ET (US)
Starboard is a plastic that is produced in sheets of various thickness.
As it is not wood, I don't think you can compare it to Mahogany. However, you can cut it with standard power tools.
One thing is that the chips/dust get some sort of static charge and stick to everything, and it is very messy.
posted 09-05-2002 10:59 AM ET (US)
Go to Grainger's catalog and look up "static gun" it will release a small charge to remove the built up electrical charge on the surface of the plastic. I never used it but was told it works.
posted 09-05-2002 11:50 AM ET (US)
Starboard is very easy to work with. Because it doesn't splinter when cut, it may even be easier to work with than wood. You can cut it with almost any saw and you can shape the edges with a router. One problem with it is that it is not as strong as wood and it you plan on using it for seats, you need to add extra support underneath of the seat bottom.
posted 09-05-2002 06:18 PM ET (US)
check out this pic...
i believe the gauges in this pic are mounted on starboard.
i probably should add that i got this picture from a post by Boston Marine.
Boston Marine is holding an internet yard sale so you may want to check out what else there is...
posted 09-06-2002 12:26 AM ET (US)
You can get what appears to be the same stuff
at TAP Plastics as "Seaboard". TAP is a
useful resource as they will cut to size
and charge for what you buy, not the sheet,
and Starboard ain't cheap. But it's really
good stuff on a boat. I've done several
projects with it, having TAP do some of the
rough cutting, and finishing it in my
It comes in at least white and black.
posted 09-06-2002 01:17 PM ET (US)
Starboard is an alternative to the hassle of refinishing wood. I have a cover for my drain sump on my 15' made from 1/2" Starboard. It's been living in the bilge for 5 years now, and hasn't needed refinishing yet. Alternatively, I've had to refinish the mahogany that lives high and dry twice now. Florida sun eats finishes off wood.
Starboard is easily workable with all your standard wood working tools. The chips are easily sucked up by a vacuum cleaner. Since they're not biodegradable, they're not something you want to sweep out the door when you get done cutting a sheet.
Whalerron's right, if you plan on using it for thwart seats, plan on backing it up with some sort of stringer out of square aluminum tube or something equally as substantial. I will note that you can create tables and things which don't have to bear the weight of a human without needing stringers.
I've seen 13' and 15' interiors made from Starboard and they looked awesome. Every time I refinish my mahogany, I consider the thought of replacing it all with Starboard and being able to rinse the boat after using it and walk away. As it is, I usually towel dry my mahogany so I can put the boat cover back on.
posted 09-10-2002 03:48 PM ET (US)
where2, I have thought about using Starboard exclusively to do the interior of a 1978 15 that I recently purchased. You say you have seen a few done that way, was the entire interior done in Starboard, or just certain pieces? I too live in the hot Florida sun, and my friends tell me I am crazy to order to interior of Mahogany. I look forward to hearing your reply. I would state that currently I have no wood in the interior at all, so I need a complete interior in some way shape or form. I have an old make shift bolt on fiberglass console (falling apart) and 2 new todd pedestal seats. If I can find the plans to the 15 Super Sport console and forward Seat and Locker Cover, I think 1" Starboard would work fine. Trouble is finding those plans!!!!!
posted 09-10-2002 06:59 PM ET (US)
I have seen a 15 yacht tender (in Ft Lauderdale) with the Sport interior completely replaced in same configuration with black starboard. It looked surprisingly good, although the seat had to have a center support added, as unlike mahogany, Starboard is non-structural. Somewhere, I have photos of this boat.
I also have photos of a 27 Center Console Cuddy where all of the teak had been replaced with black starboard. It also looked surprisingly good, including the console doors, and was also in Ft Lauderdale. Whoever did the work (probably in Lauderdale) was good, and maybe the same shop did both boats.
The 27 was owned by a rigger at Lauderdale Marina, and maybe he could tell you who did the work.
I have determined that Starboard, however, is MORE expensive than either teak or mahogany.
posted 09-10-2002 07:37 PM ET (US)
no real savings in weight with starboard either...
posted 09-14-2002 09:57 AM ET (US)
Actually the gauge panel is from a cheap poly cutting board from Home Depot.7.95 for a 24x24 board
posted 09-14-2002 03:38 PM ET (US)
My 98 17' Standard seats are made of starboard, backed up with tubular stainless steel supports. Looks and operates fine, although not as "yacht-like" as the wood interior. Cleans up fine with softscrub w/bleach, although shows the dirt quite a bit.
posted 09-14-2002 08:22 PM ET (US)
You are probably referring to KING STAR-BOARD, a registered name of a product of King Plastics.
posted 09-16-2002 01:28 PM ET (US)
The whalers I saw done with Starboard were complete interiors. Side rails, thwarts, bow locker covers, console, everything. They were done in a tan similar to the whaler interior color. They were cut from patterns made off an original mahogany interior. Without an original mahogany interior for a pattern, it seems you might be in for a challenge. However, it should not be considered impossible to do. While I was considering creating my interior from Starboard, I though about building a supersport style slope front console to replace my low sport version. Rather than aim for an exact duplicate of whaler's wood, I figured I'd make it similar but tailored to my own needs.
The forward locker cover is easy, get a large piece of cardboard and start making a pattern out of cardboard. The pattern should fit the notch in the deck.
I can send you plenty of digital pictures of a mahogany sport interior, but since I don't have a supersport, I can't send any pictures of that.
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