Welcome to our Marine Plywood Online store!
Why marine plywood?
While small stitch and glue boats can be successfully built
with inexpensive exterior plywood, there are many advantages to
using quality marine plywood.
- Marine plywood provides greater protection: A small scratch
through the resin or glass, if not repaired immediately, may expose the plywood
to water. Exterior plywood may not last long in that case.
- Marine plywood increases the resale value of your boat.
- Marine plywood is stronger and has consistent mechanical properties, with
- Marine plywood is easier to work with, especially when bending, and finishing.
- For small boats, quality 4 mm plywood is a good substitute for
the ¼ inch exterior ply often specified.
- Marine plywood (except for Fir) will not check. That feature
may by itself pay for the difference in cost. To get a good finish
with Douglas Fir or Pine, the hull will require extra fiberglassing and
large amounts of fairing compound. This is not necessary with
Meranti or Okoume.
The use of marine plywood is a must for larger boats.
Fast planing boats are subjected to serious bottom pressure and
quality marine plywood should be used for the hull panels if only for mechanical
reasons. The designer of your planing power boat probably specified
marine grade plywood for that reason.
Large displacement type boats that spend all their time in the water,
at the dock or at sea, should also use quality marine plywood. While the
fiberglass and resin will protect plywood, any scratch or dent may
allow moisture to creep in and damage cheaper plywood. Marine plywood
will give you peace of mind in addition to all the advantages listed
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