Originally Posted by baboon
Also, lots of "wood" on newer boats is a thin veneer over ply or MDF. You have to be very carefull working with it as it can ben damaged by too much sanding or stripping. The trim pieces should be solid, but the larger flat areas, like the nav station top, could be very thin.
Plywood I can understand, but MDF? That's scary. That stuff won't stand up in a humid environment for any length of time.
See manufacturers MDF manual
here. If any boat manufacturer is using it, they should be outed now!