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04-13-2007 09:27 PM
bestfriend I didn't jump in before, sorry for armchairing, but use Marine grade varnish(polywhatever). It will make a huge difference in how long it lasts. We use marine grade on our wooden ladders at work.
04-13-2007 09:23 PM
sailingdog I would have gone with a polyureathane rather than a varnish, since it is far more durable IMHO. In any case, good enough...
04-13-2007 09:10 PM
nightowle OK fellow sailors. Lots of input here since I first posted my question. I skipped the MDF/MDO option and bought a 3x4 sheet of ash veneered plyboard at Home Despot. I gave it a couple passes with light oak stain and 3 coats of Minwax exterior varnish. I was at the boat yesterday and forgot to bring my camera. I'll take some before and after s hots to post. I love this site and get plenty of ideas and help which is invaluable now that I am persuing my dream of having my own sailboat. The old drop boards were soooo bad, my meager efforts are a 1000 times better for now. IF these don't last too long, I'll try one of the other suggestions here. Now it's time to move on to
a) reupholstery
b) teak toe rails and handrails refurb
c) and the big one......roll and tip deck and cockpit with gloss and non-skid paints.
d) possibly install a boom vang (don't know why it doesn't have one!) and maybe a preventer for downwind sailing.
e) oh....and a couple cool cup holders for the cockpit!

Thanks again and I should have the pics posted by next week.

27' ODay
04-13-2007 02:39 PM
hellosailor There's all kinds of oak, some more suitable for marine use than others. And, even old Ironsides had to be hauled for major reconstruction as that oak yielded.
04-12-2007 09:30 PM
Freesail99 I have never seen lumber made from this wood, put I have and many others also use it for fence post. This untreated wood will not rot for 30 years. I am talking about Locust.
04-12-2007 09:24 PM
Sabre66 white oak=good...... red oak=bad. for the marine enviorment. teak is much better than either one.
04-12-2007 08:39 PM
sailingdog Oak and other woods require far more maintenance than would teak. If teak is left unvarnished or the varnished finish is damaged it will not rot very readily—where oak would be far more susceptible to rot.

Drop boards have a high wear rate on their finish, due to their being handled, dropped, and generally mistreated most of the time.
04-12-2007 08:07 PM
Hawkwind Why not use oak? I replaced the slide rails on my last boat with oak and it looked and funtioned great. I just added a little stain to bring out the grain and varnished them to seal the wood.

The USS Constitution is made of oak. You can get smaller pieces at home depot for a reasonable price.
04-12-2007 04:41 PM
hellosailor "I do not think the marine enviroment has much of an effect on wood if it is totally sealed with epoxy. "
That's called fiberglass hatch boards and the wood core is inconsequential. How many hours did it take you--with the right shop at hand--to make them up, lay up the glass, coat them, turn them, paint them? And when they are done...they still just look like fiberglass, not even varnished teak and bronze.


Whatever floats your boat, as they say. I'd rather do plexi, and even with translucent plexi, at least get more light in the boat on rainy days. And a whole lot less fab time.
04-12-2007 03:35 PM
sailingdog Brenda-

If you're fiberglassing and epoxying it... you could probably use corrugated cardboard...
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