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Roscoe posted 01-17-2003 12:55 AM ET (US)   Profile for Roscoe   Send Email to Roscoe  
I have a 1976 16'Boston Whaler. It has a flat wood dash(laminate),solid sides. It also has solid Wood bench seat(I believe is Teak).I have searched the site far and high and can not find a picture of it.a wood . My questions are: What are the types of wood they used .It has weathered grey,I scrubed them clean ,but I dont know if I should teak oil ,or stain and urithane. It looks like it was urathaned Years and years ago,I dont know if that was factory,but if I just urathane it will come out dark. Thanks John
I'm 2nd owner!
JBCornwell posted 01-17-2003 07:54 AM ET (US)     Profile for JBCornwell  Send Email to JBCornwell     
Hi, Roscoe.

If the wood is original it is one of a variety of red hardwoods called mahogany.

It should be sanded down to clear, red wood and varnished.

I use polyurethane, but many recommend a regular spar varnish.

Red sky at night. . .

skred posted 01-17-2003 08:00 AM ET (US)     Profile for skred  Send Email to skred     
Usually Whaler wood was mahogany. My former 13' was badly weathered when I bought it, and the wood appeared gray. I didn't find any laminated wood. There is actually nice wood under the layer of gray weathered surface wood. Took a lot of sanding to cut through the weathering and I wasn't happy with the cracks that had developed over the years. Finally bought 5/4 Honduras mahogany, and copied the wood pieces, and made a new interior. Wood was about $150, varnish, etc added about $30. End result was fantastic. Looked brand new - and 3 years later still looked the same...
Roscoe posted 01-18-2003 02:10 AM ET (US)     Profile for Roscoe  Send Email to Roscoe     
What species of wood is the venire? It is only located on the top of the helm and looks original, may be salvaglable. Should I try to salvage,or replace?If replace what type of wood venier? The marina guy said it may be teak(the solid bench seat)if so I shouldnt urathine? Thanks !
Roscoe posted 01-18-2003 02:44 AM ET (US)     Profile for Roscoe  Send Email to Roscoe     
I attached the exact inside of my boat,(For the above venier job)the pic is from a 1973 BW. I own a 1976 BW same as pic. Any info on the boat would be great. I dont know what type it is.
reelescape1 posted 01-18-2003 08:00 AM ET (US)     Profile for reelescape1  Send Email to reelescape1     
I'm in the process of refinishing the wood on my 22'. The one thing I don't understand (agree with), the stern light mount and cooler chocks are mahogany. These see water constantly. It seems a better choice would have been teak....comments??
Tom W Clark posted 01-18-2003 10:13 AM ET (US)     Profile for Tom W Clark  Send Email to Tom W Clark     

The wood that Whaler used for your 1976 Sport 17 is Philippine mahogany, not teak. Philippine mahogany is not a true mahogany like Honduras mahogany. In fact it is not a specific type of wood at all. The term "Philippine mahogany" is applied to all sorts of tropical hardwoods. It is sometimes sold as "lauan" or "luan".

Because of the size of the console top and its L shape, Whaler used a piece of 3/4" plywood there instead of solid wood. I presume this is what you mean by "veneer".

The thwart seat are necessarily made of solid wood (1.25" thick) because of the strength they must provide.

The solid wood components should be easy to restore because you can sand them down to clean bare wood before varnishing them. The plywood will probably have to be replaced. You will want to procure a nice piece of Marine Grade plywood for that task.

Tom W Clark posted 01-18-2003 10:17 AM ET (US)     Profile for Tom W Clark  Send Email to Tom W Clark     

Yes, I agree entirely. Teak would be a better choice for those components. And there is nothing to prevent you from varnishing teak too if you desire to do so. The old wives tale about not being able to varnish teak because it is too oily is pure nonsense.

Roscoe posted 01-18-2003 12:44 PM ET (US)     Profile for Roscoe  Send Email to Roscoe     
Thankyoua!You have been Very helpful,I am looking forward to my project in the spring.

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