I was on this forum several years ago when I was building a stripper Hawaiian outrigger sailing canoe. It was the first of it's kind built on Gary Dierking's plans that came about after I begged him to draw some plans (He refused to ship me one of his F/G Uluas...too much hassle). It is featured in his book on Building Outrigger Sailing Canoes. I bought a big ketch (53') and have been sailing the Caribbean 3-4 months a year. This year I left it on the hard in Trinidad until next season. I've finally got some time to get started on my next boat, a 16' Duck Trap Wherry that I'll rig to row and sail. I've already picked up something to think about on Todd's thread about cotton sails....my juices are flowing again and I seem to be working on this boat in my head all the time. It's good to be back (-:
My source for local (Hickory, NC) purchase of Mahogany has gone out of business and I'm looking at Sapele as an alternative for the gunwales and seats/thwarts. Looking at several wood descriptor sites I've seen some that say it is suitable for marine applications and others that say it isn't. It appears to be a bit heavier than mahogany, but I'm not sure if it's enough stronger to scrimp a bit on thicknesses to keep the weight the same. Haven't seen anything specific about rot resistance yet.
Does anyone have any experience with Sapele and have thoughts about it's suitability for this application?
I'm happy to be back building again and to be hearing all the stuff you guys/gals post and hash around.
Thanks in advance for any help/ideas you'd like to share.