Looking for suggestions for an improved coaming design.
I am refitting my old Pearson Vanguard and the coamings are in need of replacement -the current design begs for improvement. Basically my current setup is a 13" wide piece of 3/4" teak that is supported by the cockpit well sides for its entire length, but only 3-4" inches of the planks width. The ends are supported forward by a large block bolted to the cabin side and aft at the end by a small 2" high plank that runs athwartships between the two coamings. The only other support is 1/3 forward of the aft end where it is screwed into a winch pedestal. There is lots of room for flexion. The cockpit sides have about a two inch curve to them and that is the shape the coaming must assume.
Using a single 13" wide piece of teak is begging for cracks and is the reason I am replacing it. Would I be better off to use a teak faced ply and cap the end grain? If I use solid wood, I'd be using iroko as I have used it before and feel its an adequate match with the rest of the trim in the boat at a fraction of the price. In that case, would it be. best to edge glue three of four pieces to attain the desired width and prevent cracking? Even though its a plastic boat-its a rhodes design, much loved and I am seeking to improve her looks as I go. Yacht quality finish is desired and the coamings are what grabs the eye when stepping aboard. Any advice sincerely appreciated.