We are refitting our 43' Gulfstar
MKIi and I wanted to see what the rest of you would suggest for the following scenario.
When we did the owners stateroom, we removed the wood panels
along the cabin
trunk (along the ports) as well as the curved decorative walls on the side of the bunk. These are not structural and appeared to be a 1/4 inch or so laminated surface before. Over years of leaking ports
and just flat out failure of the laminate, they were all needing to be replaced.
We removed them and cut the replacements
out of standard birch 1/4 inch plywood
, stained them dark to match the mahogany bulkheads, installed them and then finished with 6 coats of spar varnish
They look really good however I started to worry that if I have a leak in the future this standard plywood
So now for the remainder of the boat, I am considering the following. I found Honduran mahogany veneered plywood and I am considering cutting the panels
, dry fitting them, then taking them back to my garage and coating both sides and edges with a single
layer of MAS epoxy
(west systems was considered as a second choice). After cured, I was going to install them and then put coats of varnish
as I had before. My thinking is that this will give this plywood a water
proof characteristic and as a bonus the epoxy
will act as a nice starting point for varnish build up.
Has anyone tried this, and if so, what was your results or what should I watch out for as a "gotcha"?