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BabySitter posted 03-18-2002 04:08 PM ET (US)   Profile for BabySitter   Send Email to BabySitter  
My under gunnel plywood rod storage racks are on their last legs. Is plywood the original material for these on an '87 ? Mine are too far gone to even tell what the veneer wood is. Also the little wood cover over the floor notch in the rear is 1/2" plywood. Is this original?
Thanks, BabySitter
David Ratusnik posted 03-18-2002 04:20 PM ET (US)     Profile for David Ratusnik  Send Email to David Ratusnik     
The starboard material rod holders look good and last forever. .03 David
hauptjm posted 03-18-2002 05:25 PM ET (US)     Profile for hauptjm    
I agree with David regarding just replace them with something other than the original ply. The hatch was plywood as well, and I replaced mine using 3/8" solid teak. I used the old plywood as a pattern. The span is not a problem for warping. Now mine is hinged so that may make a difference. Just make sure you keep it oiled and it will last forever.
Peter posted 03-18-2002 05:33 PM ET (US)     Profile for Peter  Send Email to Peter     
I did the same thing -- made new ones out of solid teak and used one of the old ones as a template.
Tom W Clark posted 03-18-2002 08:44 PM ET (US)     Profile for Tom W Clark  Send Email to Tom W Clark     
The original rod holders were made of mahogany plywood. They were originally varnished (actually polyurethaned) I had these on my Outrage and they held up very well.

Newer boats had the rod racks made of plastic (Starboard) and many here have replaced their wood ones with this detail and like it. I think the plastic looks like crap. I would never have it on one of my boats, but itís a personal preference. Plastic will certainly work as well, itís just an aesthetic thing.

If you replicate the rod holders in solid wood, that's fine but the "hook" part will be very susceptible to splitting along the grain and breaking off; a very fragile arrangement. This is precisely why Whaler used plywood, the grain runs both directions and is much stronger in this situation.

The sump cover was made of teak plywood (actually mahogany cored plywood with teak veneers) Very easy to make one if you have the plywood. On my boat my teak was all oiled so thatís what I did with the finish on the sump cover as well. I may still have some of that teak ply kicking around if anybody wants a bit.

Of course the new boats have plastic (black Starboard) sump covers and if you like that look you can use that instead.

BabySitter posted 03-19-2002 08:27 AM ET (US)     Profile for BabySitter  Send Email to BabySitter     

I'd like to buy a piece of that teak plywood if you have some to spare.


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