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Old 21-06-2011, 01:18   #16
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Re: Why Teak?

Teak is ridiculous these days. It has almost been completely deforested. My Tartan 37 had Honduran Mahogany on the outside and only replaced the toe-rails after the boat was 32 years old. Odd thing was the inside had lots of teak. So yes...there are other woods as good and better.
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Old 21-06-2011, 12:29   #17
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Re: Why Teak?

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Teak is ridiculous these days. It has almost been completely deforested.
Honduran mahogany is in a similar situation in its native locations and is protected. However it is grown and harvested on plantations in Asia, and much of the world's supply of genuine mahogany comes from India, Fiji, and Indonesia. Genuine mahogany comes from either the West Indian swietenia mahagoni or Honduran swietenia macrophylla, or hybrids resulting from cross-fertilization of the two.
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Old 21-06-2011, 23:14   #18
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Re: Why Teak?

Hawaiian Ironwood.

Ironwood (Casuarina equisetifolia): The Pine Tree

It will dull your chainsaw in a hurry. Very tough and hard to work.

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Old 23-06-2011, 11:50   #19
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Re: Why Teak?

I have a strip on each side of my cabin slightly above the ports, each at about 14' long and badlhy weathered, I will volunteer to be the guinia pig test boat to see how these weather in Ipe which is very reasonably priced when compared to teak. It will be a few months before i get to cosmetic projects but ill post pictures when its done
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Re: Why Teak?

mahogany is sneaky--it rots from inside out--rots in air, rots in fresh water, rots in salt water..LOL....
teak resists rot in salt water. goood quality in sea going boats.

operative words--SEA GOING..... dock queens should be glassed over or varnished heavily to protect the wood or remove it completely as it will not look like ye want it to.
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teak for all exterior wood .. but for the interior i like maple or birch cause teak is too dark.
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Ipe is heavy, almost twice the weight of teak. It doesn't glue dependably except with resorsinol glue, the butt ends tend to split with weathering, it doesn't take screws without risk of breaking off the screw, and did I mention it's heavy as lead? Ipe is great for the back porch of your house, but as a boat deck it would significantly raise the center of balance. Teak is the preeminent choice for boat exteriors because of the qualities already stated. Mahogany should be kept inside the cabin.
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Certainly here in Europe we can't get genuine Burmese teak any more. Importation was banned two years ago.

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mahogany is sneaky--it rots from inside out--rots in air, rots in fresh water, rots in salt water..LOL....
teak resists rot in salt water. goood quality in sea going boats.
Depends on the species of tree the wood comes from. In the USA a lot of marketed, so-called mahogany comes from trees other than West Indian or Cuban mahogany (swietenia mahogani) or Honduran mahogany (swietenia macrophylla) from the family of meliacće. Only these two closely related species are 'genuine' mahogany. Other mahoganies come from other species within the family of meliacće and are known as 'true' mahogany or from completely non-related tree species which are simply called mahogany because their appearance is similar to true or genuine mahogany. 'Genuine' mahogany, regardless of where harvested, is the only proper ship and boat construction mahogany one wants with the virtues of rot resistance; the others, true or so-called mahogany, vary considerably from good to very bad in that respect.
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