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Type of planking

Post by trebot » Sat Sep 22, 2018 6:30 pm

Have a 1956 Continental, 18'. Need to replace section of bottom plank at the stern. What type of wood was used in construction on the bottom?

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Re: Type of planking

Post by JimF » Sun Sep 23, 2018 8:52 am

Outer planks would have been Phillipine mahogany. Sometimes it is hard to find. I don't see why the easier to find African would not work on a bottom repair that is going to be painted.
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Re: Type of planking

Post by robertpaul » Sun Sep 23, 2018 3:17 pm

The closest species I could find to the original (which was old growth) is plantation grown Dark Red Meranti. I despaired using it because the quality is highly variable and sometimes will just crush under the pull of a fastener. As I understand things, the Philippines put a moratorium on harvesting several years ago because supplies were so depleted. That may account for the disappointing quality I have seen. I do have a couple of decent boards that I am hoarding, but not enough to do the entire bottom of our 1937 35' cruiser. I would agree that African is a good substitute for the original. But the original is not gettable anymore. I used 15mm 1088 marine plywood to do the bottom and it seems to have worked out fine. Scarfing is easy and will yield whatever length you desire. I considered African but I would have planed away 50% of the material and spent months doing it. For what it is worth, that is my experience.
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Re: Type of planking

Post by maritimeclassics » Mon Sep 24, 2018 7:41 am

We use African on the bottoms and frames here.
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