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Old 24-01-2021, 13:30   #1
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What to get

I'm currently working on a refit of an old sailboat and was wondering what wood would be best for framing of the galley? Also if anybody is in North Florida recommendations on where to get the lumber?
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Old 24-01-2021, 13:52   #2
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Re: What to get

More info would be good.
Fiberglass boat?
You mean a basic structure for the cabinets etc?
Often marine or exterior ply bonded to the hull with fiberglass tabbing.
Then covered with more decorative material like Teak or whatever.
Exterior ply has the same glue as marine ply, but more voids in the layers.

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Old 24-01-2021, 14:06   #3
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Re: What to get

As @cheechako said, are you asking about basic structure or the finish material? We're using MDO plywood (exterior ply used in sign making) for the bulkheads (painted white) with varnished mahogany and teak trim. Boat was originally finished with cedar strips, which we painted white when we got the boat way back when. We've also got some stained birch ply. Tabbing is all fir, most of it ripped from 2x4s.

Our boat is fiberglass, very traditional. Most people think she's a wooden boat when they look quickly.
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Old 24-01-2021, 22:02   #4
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Re: What to get

Well the OP said framing...not finishing. I use poplar from home depot. It is strong, mostly straight when you buy it and takes a fastener well, although I always pre-drill first.
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Old 25-01-2021, 04:59   #5
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Re: What to get

OP's boat:

My boat:

In my boat, gutted and rebuilt, I typically replaced like for like: 1x2's to 1x4's and plywood but I used nicer SPF and exterior ply from a 'big box' store than the original owner of the kit boat used. I also pre-painted before I installed the new wood. My boat is small and does not have internal bulkheads or chainplates or other key structural stuff that would have weakened the boat had I removed it and not replaced it. If you can find some original drawings for your boat it might be good to see if anything important structure-wise has 'gone missing' during a previous demo and refit. My boat does have some deck core and leaking issues from poorly drilled and poorly bedded deck hardware that will need to be addressed before the interior can be finished completely.
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Re: What to get

We used birch plywood with clear pine 1x2" stiffener/framing to build v-berths on our boat. Ipé trim pieces covered the end-grain. Three coats of varnish, and it has held up well.
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