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Source for plywood decking? 3 years 3 weeks ago #115235

Hi all,

Still restoring my dad's boat after 2-1/2 years.... (my original post is here- www.fiberglassics.com/fiberglassics-forums/home/mfg-owners-group/59-erie-questions )

I now have the original decking removed and need new plywood. I have not been very successful in finding an equivalent replacement. I "settled" for some Marianti, sight unseen (I will not tell you how much I paid for it...), but I'm not real happy with it. It's too brown. Even after cutting it all out I am thinking I should try harder to find something that will come out as a nice golden color like the original.

If I remember correctly, the factory used Philippine Mahogany and no stain.

Anyone know if that same plywood exists today, because I could not find any.



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Re:Source for plywood decking? 3 years 3 weeks ago #115237

I think that the 5mm thick "Luan" 4' by 8' sheets they sell at the big box home centers is Philippine mahogany or something similar...perhaps you can epoxy that stuff to some sort of structural plywood backing. As an experiment I have left pieces of that stuff outdoors uncovered for months without it de-laminating...

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Re:Source for plywood decking? 3 years 3 weeks ago #115247

Check with a local woody boater from your local ACBS chapter, or a local boat restoration shop.

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Dave Nau - 1966 MFG Niagara with 1963 Mercury 350 (35hp) outboard and 1966 Tee Nee trailer. Second boat is a 1962 MFG Edinboro with a 1984 Evinrude 70hp and Holsclaw trailer.
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