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Why have you decided against wood for this project? A wood table won't be any maintenence if you choose good wood and let it turn silver...

Maybe silver is something you don't like. I look at mine and think "that was a smart decision!"

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No wood because there's none on deck now... and have never really been a fan of the "silvered" teak look.

Thanks, Izzy, for the comments on UHMW - most white tables available at the various marine outlets call them "poly" but that's not particularly helpful since there so many polyxxxxxx varieties available. Right now I'm leaning towards the "cutting board" type of material..(HD polyethylene).. see how that goes.


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Sailorman: I am sorry to disagree,
No need to apologise - we all think differently. I've tried using Starboard and have a much different opinion of it than you do.
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I just bought a 24" x 18" x 1/2" piece of HDPE cutting board to cut a replacement inset board for our Origo stove top. Pretty heavy stuff--I can't imagine that Starboard is any heavier.

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I've seen a table made out of the "cutting board" material on a charter boat that I worked on for awhile. It had been on for a few years in carib sun as far as I know and held up pretty well. It also cleans easily.

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Building a cockpit table myself right now

Hi Faster, I'm doing this same project. Aeolus has some old instrument mounts on the pedestal guard ( I long ago discarded the instruments but kept the mounts just for this purpose) and I'm using those as the base to the Starboard table I'm designing. I'm using Starboard for all the usual reasons, and have had good luck with it in the past. My table will be removed when not in use and will not hinge at all. It will be about 21 X 24 with edge rails to prevent stuff sliding off. It will attach to these old instrument mounts with bolts and washers on top, and a flat piece of stainless underneath providing the clamping effect.

As soon as she is built I'll post picture on my blog. You can get partial Starboard pieces from Defender for cheap enough. I think my mounting situation is too specific to be of much help to others, but the materials choice was relevant so I thought I would pipe up. My table, at that size, doesn't weigh too much I don't think. I used 1/2 inch material. Good luck.

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