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Old 12-06-2004, 05:54   #1
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I just drove 435 miles round trip for two sheets on half inch teak and holly plywood sole. That stuff is hard to find. I hear that the price on $179. per sheet is not bad.

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Old 12-06-2004, 20:01   #2
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Ouch. I have just rebuilt three teek hatches. But the Teak was so unbelievably expensive, used a Native NZ timber called Matia. IT was given to me after being milled from a log buried in a swamp for they reckon 10K years. Hard as nails and heavy, but did the job. The one hatch that had to have work done on the top, I replaced the damaged area with a Dark Polycarb sheet. I am about to replace all the capping and have been able to score free Jarra. Another very hard and dense timber. Quite Red in colour. The reason why not teak, well in NZ it has now reach $9000/cubic Metre.


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I think you mean Matai. For those that do not know the boat building wood is Kauri and sometimes Kahikatea, floor joists can be Rimu, a sacred tree is Totara and a few other woods are Taraire, Kohekohe, Pukatea, Tawa, Towai, Tanekaha, Rewarewa, Tawhai and Mangeao and the good old chippies new them all. Used to be you could get marine plywood in a wide variety of native woods but I doubt you can today. They stopped logging Kauri about 1969.
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I have a friend here that has a boat built completely of Kauri (from NZ of course). It's beautiful and I have some pictures, if interested. He had to cut up his dinning table to make some matching hatch frames.
Kauri is now being planted on tree farms. I believe the artical said it was in Japan.
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