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Old 29-01-2014, 09:47   #1
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advise on cockpit grate

The cockpit grate on my Bayfield 36 is made of flexible plastic and tend to slide sideways when the boat is heeling. My previous Niagara had teak grate and it was working fine but I am reluctant to add more teak to my boat - what I have is way too much. I wonder what other plastic materials can be used?
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I tend to just chuck them... paint the sole with anti-slip..
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Old 29-01-2014, 10:24   #3
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Re: advise on cockpit grate

Making a teak grate with a table saw is a fun winter project.
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Old 29-01-2014, 10:26   #4
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Making a teak grate with a table saw is a fun winter project.
And an expensive one given the current price of teak, lol.

Pursuant to that, anyone know the cheapest place to get teak boards for a project like this? I also need to make a grate for part of my head.
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Old 29-01-2014, 10:41   #5
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Around Annapolis, the best and cheapest place is Exotic Lumber on Whitehall Road off Rt. 50, just behind the old Jemal Bay 50 shopping center on the way to the Bay Bridge.

Teak isn't cheap anywhere, but buying rough-sawn teak from Bill is the best way to go if you have the means to work it. Far cheaper than buying dressed stuff. I suspect Bill can dress it for you for a fee, but that may negate any advantage.

I need to get over there myself to buy some teak for a cockpit grate for my catboat and some ash for some interior carpentry. He stocks just about any wood you can name, and you can pick through the boards yourself.
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Thanks, I'd heard of them and was meaning to take a trip over and see how much what I need will set me back. I was hoping there was some magical internet place with ridiculously low prices, lol
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...He stocks just about any wood you can name...
If he does, then ask about Cumaru - a south american hard wood that is widely used on (house) decks, looks great and weathers well... ...and a lot cheaper than teak.
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If he does, then ask about Cumaru - a south american hard wood that is widely used on (house) decks, looks great and weathers well... ...and a lot cheaper than teak.
Thanks for the tip. It being an Amazon rainforest wood, I was more than a bit concerned about sustainability, but a quick search reveals that it is apparently not endangered.

I'm still concerned about the effects of harvesting on the rainforest, but I'm going to research it further.
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You might want to look for Cyprus if you can find it. Very similar properties to teak. Some of the composite decking might be worth a look.
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I saw some teak grate a few months ago at Sailors Exchange in St. Augustine. You would still need to cut to size and add edge framing. They do Ebay and they will ship.

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You might want to look for Cyprus if you can find it. Very similar properties to teak. Some of the composite decking might be worth a look.
I think the Cypriots would object to cutting their island into pieces.
Better try cypress.
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Thanks for the tip. It being an Amazon rainforest wood, I was more than a bit concerned about sustainability, but a quick search reveals that it is apparently not endangered.

I'm still concerned about the effects of harvesting on the rainforest, but I'm going to research it further.
And you were recommending teak? I am puzzled
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Where did I recommend teak? I was merely informing someone of the best place to buy it locally.

And -- for your information -- much of the teak available these days is plantation grown and sustainable.
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What about some of these new composites used on residential decking? Anyone know if they can be used for marine?
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