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Restoring Deck

Post by jlgsail » Wed Sep 16, 2020 6:18 pm

I am about to start on the deck of my "51-18 foot Riviera and need to buy marine grade plywood to bleach for the center of the deck and around the cockpit. Do I buy mahogany or Birch, etc finish?

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Re: Restoring Deck

Post by maritimeclassics » Thu Sep 17, 2020 8:47 am

They never used plywood on the decks of Riviera. It should be solid 1/2 inch planking.
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Re: Restoring Deck

Post by Don Vogt » Thu Sep 17, 2020 9:00 am

Should add it is mahogany. Also there is considerable debate as to exactly what the bleached areas should look like. This was evident in the Tahoe concours a few years ago featuring blonde deck runabouts. Mike, maybe you have a suggestion here as well. (Some decks end up looking too yellow or somewhat milky in appearance.)
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Re: Restoring Deck

Post by jlgsail » Fri Sep 18, 2020 9:41 am

posted Fri September 18 2020 10:34 AM Hide Post
Gentleman: The boat when I got it had been restored with plywood over the whole deck but I wanted to plank where the stripes are and use marine grade plywood in the to be bleached areas so as to elimunate seams as much as possible.I am restoring the boat for my use and enjoyment only. :)

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Re: Restoring Deck

Post by Don Vogt » Fri Sep 18, 2020 10:02 am

If that is all you are trying to accomplish, perhaps you can deck again using mahogany plywood, bleaching the one area and making false seams as you want elsewhere, with live seams as required?
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