Originally Posted by Ukeluthier
If you have termites and water inside your boat cabin, then you have bigger problems than your wood choice.
Don't shoot the messenger. Ash is a favored wood of furniture makers for home furniture.
Let me tell a story you be the judge.
A friend asked me to help with some refitting. Nice well found vessel with ash and teak
. Upon digging into some of the interior it was found a journal which extended to the companionway
. It was easy to trace the portal of entry: A tiny corner of the companionway
a termite made entry and tunneled through every square inch of the ash. Didn't touch the teak
. Quite the learning
experience. Termites will destroy a boat. They love ash. Not so much cedar, cypress, or teak. They like mahogany too.
They do not always announce their presence and can be treated but after seeing the results of a "stealth infestation" I'll stick to less rotty, more insect proof species.
Everyone is free to proceed as they wish.
Good luck and I didn't intend to malign those with ash interior but the question was asked and I replied truthfully based on my experience.