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Old 15-03-2011, 15:26   #1
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Cockpit Grating

Do we still make Cockpit grating by hand?
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Old 16-03-2011, 07:02   #2
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Re: cockpit grating

Yes--if you know how, and have the tools
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Re: cockpit grating

The gratings are custom fitted to the boat. Thus you have a lot hands on shaping of the wood.
But gratings do help keep your feet dry, by allowing the water that board the boat to run off faster and you don't need waders to get around in the cockpit.
IF you find a grating that is too large for your boat, you can always trim it down to size and have it looking good.
But unfortunately there are no wood stretching machines that can make boards longer. So if you find one that is too small. Let someone else purcase it.
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Re: cockpit grating

Welcome to CF!

I've been making my gratings out of Starboard for cockpits for years.... WAY too much maintenance involved in wood that sees that much foot traffic!
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Old 16-03-2011, 07:40   #5
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Re: cockpit grating

[QUOTE=capngeo;644366]I've been making my gratings out of Starboard for cockpits for years/QUOTE]

How do you do that? Isn't Starboard only 3/4" thick? I've been thinking of making a grate for my cockpit.

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Re: cockpit grating

Starboard comes from 1/4" to over 6" thick! Typically I use 1/2" to make gratings. Instead of using the wood construction technique of interlocking teeth, I make it out of one piece with slots, squares, or holes as the customer wants with strips of more 1/2" underneath to provide drainage.

Starboard is slippery on Gelcoat though, and pains need to be taken to fit it well to the confines of the cockpit (or shower... works great in there too) so it doesn't slide around. I have an old one I made 10 years ago in a boat out back I'm wrecking out... I'll try to remember to take a pic of it and post it up here.
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Re: cockpit grating

We have a teak grate that was on the boat when we got it. We are constantly dropping stuff into the grate (screws, grapes, guitar pick, etc.). Its a project to remove the grate, so when I do it about once a month there is a small treasure trove of stuff. Also gets very dirty. Over the years I have done a lot of repairs to keep it going.

Defender has the notched wood strips Teak Notched Grating Strips
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Re: cockpit grating

If you wanted, you could notch starboard as you do wood.... but that notching is done because of the strength of the wood, not the design!
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Re: cockpit grating

I am working on mine right now. It will be in four sections so that no one is too heavy. Here is a picture of on that is finished.
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Re: Cockpit Grating

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Do we still make Cockpit grating by hand?
Thank you every one.
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So I thank Cabin power can be powered by 2 H-5000 with out put of 144vDC and 140amps run it in to a Blue Flash invertor that on in put 120 144vDC out put 120vAC at 16amps of 2kw power.
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Re: Cockpit Grating

You can also check this out:
Custom Shower And Cockpit Grates - King Starboard Anti-Skid

You can contact them, or use cept to make your own,
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Re: Cockpit Grating

Not very aesthetic, but "Dri Deck" tiles Are a quick N dirty solution.
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