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Date Posted: - Monday - 03/17/08 - 12:00pm
Author: Steve M-32 #59
Subject: Teak not Mahogany
In reply to: Steve Burge 's message, "Mahogony for rebuild(s)" on - Monday - 03/17/08 - 10:04am

I keep seeing posts on here regarding Mahogany for rebuilding projects but at least on my boat there is none. All visible wood is Teak (and a lot of the structural wood also). The only thing that even resembles mahogany is some of the support structure which is Luan (Phillipine Mahogany) and that is not really a good boat wood and can be replaced with many other woods that can be sourced locally. Just an FYI.

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[> [> Mahogany / Teak -- Randall, - Monday - 03/17/08 - 4:48pm

Thanks for the lead Mr. Burge. Where were you two weeks ago. :)

To Steve on Pyxis. I'm no expert (some days I struggle to be a beginner), but the slats on Murre, for example, feel much too light and soft to be teak. The M31 sales brochure on the Mariner Owner's site mentions that the splashboards on the M31 are African Mahogany, which seems similar in color and texture to the slats. Interestingly the sales brochure for the M36 states an interior of "matched teak" and the M40 talks of a cabin interior of "phillipine mahogany with satin varnish finish ... and plywood cabin sole carpet covered." (yikes).

That said, I think on Murre mahogany and teak are mixed on the interior. Mahogany for open expanses like the slat panelling, the doors, and the small interoir hatches. Teak for the grab rail, the lathed coach roof supports, and the caps on the half bulkheads. That's my impression.

Bruce likes to remind me that these were hand built boats and so sourcing and materials could easily have changed year to year even for the same models.

RR


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[> [> [> Teak vs. Mahogony -- Steve Burge, - Monday - 03/17/08 - 6:36pm

I also noticed in the "specification" document for the M31 it refers to Phillipine Mahogony in the cabin, as well as African Mahogony for the combings and other parts of the boat.

It's also interesting that (according to the specs)the Phillipine (interior) Mahogony was stained, the African Mahogony was not stained but varnished, and all of the Teak was not stained at all.

my one and a half cents worth.


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