Re: Plywood 101
- Hi Bruce,
> For simple small boats intended to last a few years, cheap materialsAgreed. Not only can you get on the water more cheaply, but it's
> make a lot of sense.
cheaper to try different designs. I've built 11 boats using lumberyard
AC, and most of these wouldn't have made sense to try if I was using
expensive marine ply all the time.
Unfortunately, AC isn't what it used to be, and I've about had it with
filling all the checks and voids, especially in the C-side of the 1/2"
material I've been using lately. In fact, today I'm placing an order
for some marine Meranti for a new winter project. I'm looking forward
to trying this high-end stuff - I just hope the shippers don't destroy
- The only types of plywood that you know for sure have a good core so
they will not be a problem down the road are the marine plys and good
MDO. Anything else you will find WILL have voides of one kind or
another shortning the life of the boat.
--- In firstname.lastname@example.org, "paulthober" <paulthober@...> wrote:
> --- In email@example.com, "Don" <dschurricanes@> wrote:
> > Has anyone used AC 3ply plywood...to build a boat...of Phil's
> I built a Gypsy and a Chebacco using ACX. Worked for me, however, it
> didn't save much moolah. Lots and lots of sorting through the pile
> Home Despot. For the last couple of years I haven't seen panels
> labeled ACX. I also built a Nymph using $10/sheet luau [sic]. No
> problem. I built a Cartopper a couple of years ago using BS1088 ply
> and am going to build a Chebacco, Caledonia, or a Tremolino this
> winter and it will also be built using BS1088 ply.
> Forgive me as this has been beaten to death numerous times in the
> past, but I agree with the faction that advocates using the good
> stuff, particularly if you want a lasting product. The bonus is that
> building is easier with quality materials.