- Dec 11, 2001I have now built 4 boats using 1/4 luan on the sides. 2 punts, a 23
foot schooner, and my present Sneakeasy. Except for the Sneakeasy,
which is completely covered on the outside with glass and epoxy, I
have had excellent luck with the luan. On the others I primed and
painted with Interlux Brightsides. I got some minor checking on the
schooner but the others are still fine. Perhaps using better quality
polyurethane paint makes a difference, I;m not sure, maybe the group
has an opinion. I guess I disagree with Dynamite, who I respect
greatly, I like the luan. I have used 3/4 luan on my Sneakeasy
transom, it is just great stuff to work with!!
--- In bolger@y..., "pvanderwaart" <pvanderw@o...> wrote:
> I 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.
> stuff 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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