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Old 24-11-2011, 17:09   #16
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Re: Interior Lumber

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I've been in construction for 40 years. I'm no fan of the big box stores but there is nothing wrong with their materials and because the framing lumber is indoors it can be dryer than a standard yard. The hardwood selection is a good price and is S4S which means surfaced all 4 sides. At the hardwood lumber yard it is mostly unsurfaced which we laughingly call SnoS or surfaced no sides. It's good rough sawed wood but you have to spend the time to make it pretty. I will guarantee AllezCat doesn't have a planer or jointer. He did say he was looking for "support lumber for the floor". Standard construction grade lumber would be fine but I would use whatever the Catana factory used and make it look like it is original. It doesn't matter what type of wood is used as long as it is sealed with epoxy but this may be unneccesary if the area underneath is dry and why bother if the factory didn't do it. Catanas aren't known for their wet bilges except for possibly in the engine compartment. They are known for their high quality. BOB
Yes its mahogony.
I guess its honduran mahogony?
Valid point - should continue hull in same lumber...
May go to Shell lumber in Coconut Grove on Sunday - I'm sure they will have it.
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Old 24-11-2011, 17:17   #17
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It is always tempting to hit a big box store like Lowes or HD because we know right where they are and what is there in them. However, I think you should look around and find a lumber yard. A dedicated lumber yard. Florida probably has one near you no matter where you are. Call around and ask all the different yards what they have. Pay special attention asking if they have teak and marine ply on hand. Those yards are the ones that will typically cater to boaters and I'd check them first.

As to your woods... I think you have a high likelihood of finding cypress and it is very nice looking and rot resistant. For the structural pieces that won't be seen I'd use epoxied marine ply for its strength. Most lumber yards will carry mahogany as well. Black locust is also a very hard and strong rot resistant wood.

I remember wanting to cry reading about your poor cat getting dumped. I demand photos of the refit to alleviate my emotional wounds. :P

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Thanks - good advice...

Will get photos when done.

Just finished ripping out hundreds of feet of heads, head hose, holding tank - had to sawzall in half to remove - awesome.
Would have taken progress photos - but, didn't want to get the new camera wet...
All downhill from today..
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Old 24-11-2011, 18:39   #18
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Re: Interior Lumber

I've been using hardware store pine in Boracay. it's a fraction of the price.

If it's never going to get wet I just leave it. Steel boats stay very dry.

If there's a chance it'll get wet I coat it with epoxy resin a la WEST. Working so far...

The savings amount to many, many thousands.
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Old 25-11-2011, 01:42   #19
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Re: Interior Lumber

This is the bathroom area.
Will install bath athwart at end - then head and sink to right side.
Holding tank under bath.
Open Shelves to left.
So want very large removable section in front of bath/head.
The existing system seems to have 3" x 2" mahogany bearers under floor hatches. And the faux floor system has the span and structure elsewhere.
Would replicate the bearers with mahogany in bathroom.
But not sure about floor surface - either same as rest of vessel, white stuff, mahogany panels, or????
Also hatch location will be often wet so presents a problem.
Previously had one piece molded floor with 4" skirt. Same white non-skid as deck.
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Old 26-11-2011, 06:22   #20
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Went to shell lumber - awesome place.
Best range of marine and exotic products
Decided to do mahogony bearers. Solid mahogony floor planks 3/4 x 18"
White plastic (starboard?) on walls - they have many thicknesses.
Mahogony shelves And cornices/trim Teak shelf rails and fiddles.
Seemed so easy a caveman could do it.
But today seems too heavy ...
Anyway will look into other composite products...
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