--- In bolger@y..., phillip_lea@y... wrote:
> Clear straight-grained white fir is available as 16 foot 1x2s and
> 1x3s in our local lumberyard. Has anyone had experience, good or
> bad, regarding this readily available material? It is flexible but
> seems on the soft side. Too soft for gunwales, but chines and
> small framing maybe?
> Phil Lea
> Russellville, Arkansas
Just a few words about my experience. I built a Micro in 1995 using
whatever wood I could find. Cheap AC exterior ply, fir, pine and
poplar for frames. In the years since, I have discovered on small spot
of rot on the sheer near the bow, and one more on the cleat that holds
the main hatch rail. Both were easily replaced. I think the reason was
not so much the wood itself, but that I was less careful in saturating
with epoxy above the waterline. Live and learn.
Below the waterline, where I took great pains to absolutely
encapsulate everything with lots and lots of epoxy, I have had no
problems at all. And that's with the boat left in the water from May
to November. It seems that when using epoxy, the wood's ability to
hold screws long enough for the glue to set is the main thing. Once
it's all glued up, coated with glass and epoxy, you should have no
problems. Just keep a very sharp eye out for digs and scratches that
penetrate the coating and allow moisture in. The slightest breach will
allow water in, but not out and that is what leads to problems. If the
wood stays dry it should last a while, say 50 years or so.
Hope this helps.