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Fiberglass Boat with Mahogany Deck 4 months 3 weeks ago #147106

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Would anyone here have any idea who built the boat in the photo I posted. It's a 14 footer. I took the photo off of the Free-Boat.com websight and have been looking for information for a couple of years. It was at Houghton Michigan. The idea of a fiberglass boat with a mahogany deck really appeals to me. You can have the low maintenance of a fiberglass hull plus the beauty of a mahogany deck.

Thanks! Todd W Temperance, Michigan
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Fiberglass Boat with Mahogany Deck 4 months 2 weeks ago #147111

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It doesn't really look like mahogany to me but since you have to remove it all and re-deck, mahogany would be the way to go. Be sure to replace the framework...save the pieces as patterns.

Here's a photo log of a topside re-deck job I did a couple years ago. It might give you a few ideas. Glad to have you join the site and good luck!

www.nautilusrestorations.com/1955OutboardLaunch.html
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Fiberglass Boat with Mahogany Deck 4 months 2 weeks ago #147117

Wow...that's beautiful work!!

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Fiberglass Boat with Mahogany Deck 4 months 1 week ago #147145

Thank you for your response. Mahogany was just a guess, the correct term would probably be mulch. Would you have any names to suggest for builders that built fiberglass boats with wood decks?
All The Best
Todd

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I've done a few over the years. My personal opin is putting separate strips is a PIA. You could go with strips if you want and use a good adhesive. Other option would be a solid sheet of mahogany like Luan.
http s://www.amazon.com/Sauers-Mahogany-Veneer-Sheet/dp/B00315I2K6 (take the space out from https for the link)
Either leave it solid or take a router and cut file lines to make fake boards.
If you can save the side gunnel strips that would be a bonus.
FYI you will never get it to look like Jan's. The guy is a pro and knows his sh....

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Fiberglass Boat with Mahogany Deck 3 months 3 weeks ago #147215

Many builders of fiberglass boats started with wooden seats and decks and trim. It was very common, especially for the wooden boat companies that started a fiberglass line: Larson; Shell Lake; and many, many others. Even MFG which started out making fiberglass hulls used wooden deck and seating for their first couple of years.

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