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Old 28-05-2014, 10:55   #1
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Wood Type for Interior Hull

Cheers all,
I would like to install wood to the interior of my hull....

Whats the best material & method?
24' sailboat....
Fair Winds...
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Cheers all,
I would like to install wood to the interior of my hull....

Whats the best material & method?
24' sailboat....
Fair Winds...

Please tell us what material is the hull and also what exactly are you installing? putting in floors? bulkheads? finish work? the type of wood can be dependent on what you are doing.

Thanks.

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Cheers Rob!
Been following your blog... Very impressive & motivating me to get some of my projects done!
..fiberglass hull
...ripped out old hull interior covering
...just want to put horizontal planks on interior of hull
...strictly for cosmetic & resale value
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Cheers all,
I would like to install wood to the interior of my hull....

Whats the best material & method?
24' sailboat...
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...ripped out old hull interior covering
...just want to put horizontal planks on interior of hull
...strictly for cosmetic & resale value
...
Unless you are an experienced woodworker it is unlikely you'll increase resale value by removing the original interior and replacing it with a DIY one.

The best material and method depends on your skills. Teak is very traditional, but expensive, even in veneered plywood. But there are many hardwoods that could be used.

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I was thinking about a clear/no knots type wood, that was an inexpensive easy to stain/varnish
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So that is called ceiling planks. They help with rigidity on wooden plank boats and double as interior cabin finish trim. With your application they are appearance finish trim.
I would use mahogany 1/2" X 2 strips. but you can also use Clear Western Red Cedar.
Make sure you pre-drill the holes before screwing them to the hull stringers. Mahogany and Cedar have a tendency to split out if not pre-drilled.

If you use anything cheaper then that, the wood will not last very long and will lower the value of your boat.

The attached Pic is a cabin I did in WR Cedar.

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So that is called ceiling planks. They help with rigidity on wooden plank boats and double as interior cabin finish trim. With your application they are appearance finish trim.
I would use mahogany 1/2" X 2 strips. but you can also use Clear Western Red Cedar.
Make sure you pre-drill the holes before screwing them to the hull stringers. Mahogany and Cedar have a tendency to split out if not pre-drilled.

If you use anything cheaper then that, the wood will not last very long and will lower the value of your boat.

The attached Pic is a cabin I did in WR Cedar.
Nice work!
What should I use for stringers
Should I buy a plank & rip down mahog with table saw
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Nice work!
What should I use for stringers
Should I buy a plank & rip down mahog with table saw
Actually I meant ribbing, not stringers (Sorry my bad)

If you do not have anything to fasten to, you will need to use some matting and epoxy to fasten spacer ribs onto the hull skin. maybe every 18" or so. 3/4" X3/4" fir will work but make sure you encapsulate it very well with epoxy. You can just bend it to the curve of the hull by using pressure to hold them in-place while the epoxy is curing.
Don't screw anything into the skin of the hull material.

The other option would be to assemble panels with ribbing that has the same curve as the hull and fasten them in-place by using trim pieces.
Either way you have quite the job on your hands
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Re: Wood type for interior hull

Sounds like Leightonyachts is giving good advice.
If you don't mind using a light color wood, cypress may be cheaper and easier to find in North Carolina.
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I second Hopcar's recommendation. Cypress is a very good interior wood. Quite light weight. Long clear lengths easily available. More rot resistant than a lot of other light weight woods. A lot lighter, and cheaper, than mahogany.
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Any clear (no knots) would will do. I'd use something that really appeals to your senses when clear polyurethaned or varnished. What has been suggested is great but remember the lighter you make it the more bright your interior will be. I like douglas fir but mahogany is something that's found already milled in your local home depot or lowe's.
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Red cedar burns hot!

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Re: Wood type for interior hull

mahogany, western red cedar, white cedar, southern yellow pine. Anything somewhat water resistant will work. With some like Teak and cedar you wont need to varnish it, just alight coat of oil, Daly's Sea-fin etc. Oak gets black water stains. Fir or Hemlock could be nice too if sealed with varnish...
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Re: Wood type for interior hull

I'm afraid fir and hemlock, any cheap softwood, will result in a DIY look.

Another consideration is how much weight you'll be adding.
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