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IPÊ as a deck grating material.
Does anyone have any actual experience using IPÊ as a material on their boat?
I want to get a cockpit grate made and went looking for teak.
The Exotic Woods store suggested IPÊ as an alternative.
The pluses are that it is very durable, rot resistant etc. as is teak. It is about half to 1/3rd the price of teak. It looks great - grain etc.
A negative comment that I've read on this site is that the wood is hard to work with. The guy at the lumber store suggested that teak was harder to work with (because of its silica content it weras down blades etc. very quickly.) Another concern was that the IPÊ is very heavy. I'm not worried about this because a) my cockpit isn't that big, and b) the PO of my boat took out the inboard engine and replaced it with an outboard, so the boat might be better balanced with a bit more weight in the stern.
A few comments have been made about this wood - in reference to companionway hatches and deck grating, but I would like to hear from someone who has actually used the stuff.
Is it as good as it seems?
1989 Hunter 30'
Southern Georgian Bay
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