View Full Version : Obeche Plywood

Ted Schmidt
01-15-2005, 09:39 AM
I am in the process of building an Elver canoe yawl and am having trouble finding plwood. I ordered Doug fir marine ply for the bottom but the stuff looks like crap. I can see several void holes along the edges without even cutting into it.
the local lumber yard also has Obeche plywood which has water proof glue and looks real good. No visible voids on the edges. A friend is building a weekender and is using it. He has cut out the bottom and bulkheads and no voids are visible.
Does anyone know anything about Obeche plywood? Is it suitable for boatbuilding

01-15-2005, 11:31 AM
Plywood made in China, eh? Hmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm.

This plywood is for the bottom of the Elver? The part that is underwater all the time? Holds the topsides? How much do you need? 3 or 4 sheets of 1/2"? Find a West Coast source of Lloyd's Approved Shelmarine sapele. If that isn't possible, bite the bullet and order what you need from Harbor Sales in Maryland. Call M.L. Condon in N.Y. and see if they still have 4'x12' sheets of 12mm 20 year guarantee Bruynzeel. Why take a chance on the primary structure of the hull?

In the Swamp. :D

[ 01-15-2005, 11:32 AM: Message edited by: Venchka ]