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Tristan 07-06-2011 10:38

Cockpit Grates
 
What would be your second choice of wood (after teak) for the cockpit grates?
Thanks
T.

Sand crab 07-06-2011 10:45

Re: Cockpit Grates
 
There is a product called pultruded fiberglass that resenbles metal grating and is light and durable. I don't know where to get it. Cedar and redwood do OK outside but aren't as strong teak. BOB

James S 07-06-2011 10:48

Re: Cockpit Grates
 
Iroka's not bad...poor mans teak.
Iron Wood if you can find it....hard, hard..tough on blades.

Astrid 07-06-2011 10:58

Re: Cockpit Grates
 
First choice after teak would be Ipe (tabebuia) as it is weather and insect resistant. Second choice would be unvarnished and unstained white oak. White oak (quercus alba) has a long history of being used in shipbuilding (USS Constitution for instance) and is very durable. It is weakened by reaction with iron oxide so use, bronze, brass, copper or stainless fasteners. Stay away from red oak (quercus rubra), as it is unsuitable for use in wet conditions.

As mentioned, Iroka wood from Africa is a good substitute for teak, as is Japanese cypress (chamaecyparis obtusa).

Blue Stocking 07-06-2011 10:58

Re: Cockpit Grates
 
Greenheart, purpleheart, ipea (sp).
Wear a good dust mask and watch out for splinters. These durable wood's splinters cause skin infection rapidly.

Benz 07-06-2011 11:23

Re: Cockpit Grates
 
Mine is made of Doug Fir from Home Depot. Almost two years in the tropics and still looking good.
Ben

barnakiel 07-06-2011 11:38

Re: Cockpit Grates
 
SS.

Will stay at the bottom of the tub when it overflows!

b.

Tristan 07-06-2011 12:07

Re: Cockpit Grates
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by Blue Stocking (Post 703024)
Greenheart, purpleheart, ipea (sp).
Wear a good dust mask and watch out for splinters. These durable wood's splinters cause skin infection rapidly.

I do not know a lot about greenheart . How does it age? Does it need any surface protection (sealer,varnish) ?
T.

Sand crab 07-06-2011 14:42

Re: Cockpit Grates
 
Tristan. Pultruded Fiberglass here.
McNICHOLS Company - Products
They make all kinds of grates. bar, stock etc and it never wears out. BOB


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