- Dec 11, 2001I built an Elegant Punt out of 1/4" fir marine ply about 25 years
ago. It was primed and painted. No epoxy on the finish.For a decade
or more, it has been stored outdoors. At present it has ivy growing
over it. It has checked deeply and everywhere, but I would still
count on being able to row across the cove in it.
> The tendency for Fir ply to check is a cosmetic problem only. Thestuff is pretty resistant to rot, and will last for quite a while
with reasonable care, even with checking. Marine grade fir will
check too. You might want to consider using Lauan ply as it is
cheaper than fir, but won't check as badly.
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