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02-16-2009 01:06 AM
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.
02-16-2009 12:03 AM
STTnBama 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.
02-15-2009 11:11 PM
arf145 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.
02-15-2009 07:34 PM
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.
02-15-2009 07:21 PM
Faster 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.
02-15-2009 03:32 PM
soulesailor 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!"
02-15-2009 02:53 PM
Izzy1414 Faster,

My experience with UHMW (industrial applications) is that it is susceptible to UV damage and becomes more brittle with age. It also is very sensitive to temperature differences and tends to lose its shape after several expansion/contractions. Thirdly it is impossible to glue it either to itself or anything else. I was thinking of a similar project and share your views on wood. I was thinking of the cutting board material as well but have never tried to make anything out of it.
02-15-2009 02:11 PM
blt2ski The solution Jeff, ie linked table option, believe the table comes down and into a locker when NOT in use. IE the table only works at anchor or at dockside.

Was not sure if that option would work, but the design might work, just use wood or equal to suit your needs. There are plenty of plastic style woods that could make a neat table too.

02-15-2009 12:13 AM
Originally Posted by JohnRPollard View Post
Wow. I think I would have just put a quick release on my mainsheet and disconnected it whenever the table was up!
John, if you look at that mainsheet setup, it's got 3 attachment points there on the traveller and its base (the swivel cleat block, the traveller car, and the fine tune) so the quick release is likely not that practical. It is a novel solution to his problem.

Thanks for the link, Marty, but our traveller is not quite so in the way, and we have a quick release. Also I'm not thinking wood.

As for Starboard, I'm a bit concerned about the weight of it... I've seen a table like what I'm envisioning that I think was made of the HD polyethylene - the stuff that those white cutting boards are made of. It has a more pleasing finish too.. Volkhard, I appreciate your experience and comments and may well go that way - Mainesail's Starboard pedestal shelf looked pretty nice but it was fixed so the weight is less of an issue.

Originally Posted by JohnRPollard View Post
If you're going to use folding leaves, consider adding some kind of support for the leaves other than simply the hinges themselves..... I plan to add a pivoting cross brace to the bottom side.
Thanks for that, too, JR, good idea.

Anyhow appreciate all the responses, keep em coming.
02-14-2009 11:55 PM
Originally Posted by JohnRPollard View Post
Wow. I think I would have just put a quick release on my mainsheet and disconnected it whenever the table was up!


I like the StarBoard suggestion. If you're going to use folding leaves, consider adding some kind of support for the leaves other than simply the hinges themselves. Ours does not have anything other than the hinges and it's not enough. I plan to add a pivoting cross brace to the bottom side.

I hate to do this.. really.. But Pollards lay to claim is the lego table.. it does strange things but he owns it... and popular.... it makes a Chucho, a airplane and the titanic and a guest of six can enjoy dining on the titanic..
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