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need help with bilge cover
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posted 06-19-2002 12:38 PM ET (US)
old cover has de laminated badly and needs replacing. looks like teak,but am not sure. measures 9 x 10 approx. can anyone tell me the correct wood for this and a source? thanks, art
posted 06-19-2002 12:58 PM ET (US)
I think its a teak plywood, and it must be marine grade, and it seems to have lots of plys. At least it looks like teak on the first layer, although under that looks like luan. But why would they use plywood, even marine grade on a part that spends a lot of time getting wet? (I have my boat on a bouy, and yes, sometimes it rains in the Northwest)
If I were to replace it, I would consider either a man made material, or a solid piece of teak. But the solid wood might warp where the plywood would not.
posted 06-19-2002 01:30 PM ET (US)
On my 89 it is fiberglass but it is too low for bilge pump to clear so I made one that is on an angle out of starboard....looks great.
posted 06-19-2002 03:56 PM ET (US)
posted 06-19-2002 05:32 PM ET (US)
I have the original teak plywood covers on both of my Outrages, and they are 9/16" thick. The teak is only the top surface veneer, and the rest of the very thin veneers are luan, but without voids.
On my 25, repeated cleanings and sandings just about wore through the top teak veneer, so I locked it in by staining and varnishing 10 coats. Looks beautiful, and lasts quite well, inspite of being continually walked on with boat shoes. I put an additional coat on each season.
In 1991, I believe, BW started furnishing these sump covers in 1/2" black starboard, as they did with the under-gunwale rod racks also.
Would not recommend 1/2" solid teak for this item, as it could warp and not be as strong under foot.
posted 06-19-2002 08:44 PM ET (US)
IHG- thanks for the info on the wood. thanks, art
posted 06-24-2002 04:58 PM ET (US)
FinAddict Marine made a replacement for my sump cover with one FinAddict made from Starboard.
Probably the company is still in business (?) making replacement parts from Starboard.
This was the e-mail contact from March 2001:
posted 06-24-2002 07:01 PM ET (US)
My original was plywood and I replaced it with a sold piece of teak and coated it with an interlux marine wood sealer and 7 coats of varnish. It now looks great and will withstand the elements.
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