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    Default Rail Cap Wood Recommendation

    Hi,

    If you were located in the North East (North America), any wood recommendations for a rail cap on a ~50ft, 25 Ton sailboat ?
    I'm guessing it would be choice between eastern white cedar, eastern white pine or white oak. Any other thoughts ?

    Thanks,
    Mark

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    Default Re: Rail Cap Wood Recommendation

    Is it a fine yacht or a funky cruiser?
    Varnished or will you be dragging dingys over it?
    I do not think the 3 woods you mentioned would be at the top of any list.
    Some fake mahogany, Khaya ,something like that. Or a hardwood used for home decking.

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    If you want local wood,cherry and tamarack(larch) are good candidates.
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    Hi wizbang,

    Working boat, painted.

    Mark

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    Default Re: Rail Cap Wood Recommendation

    Best choice , Iroko. False teak. Has a little more grain than teak. Half the price. Looks great weather you varnish it or leave it natural and clean it once a year. won't rot and can take a beating. used it for new rails on my bristol 30 still looks good after 10 years. probably not a soft wood. Oak will turn black or rot unless painted or treated well.
    Last edited by David Satter; 10-12-2017 at 08:04 AM.

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    Yes, Iroko be at the top of my list. Better than teak, if you plan on using epoxy .

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    Yes , if your gluing the Iroko you'll have to use epoxy.

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    Last edited by David Satter; 10-12-2017 at 09:49 AM.

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    I second the BL. Awesome stuff if you can find it. If you find a bunch then decide you don't want it, I'm sure I could find a use for it.
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    Default Re: Rail Cap Wood Recommendation

    Teak.....$35.00-$45.00 Bd Ft
    Locust..$ 3.00 - $4.50 Bd Ft
    ....Approximately...!!
    Just sayin'

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    Default Re: Rail Cap Wood Recommendation

    Quote Originally Posted by David Satter View Post
    Oak will turn black or rot unless painted or treated well.
    Really ? I thought white oak was considered very decay resistant. I've just got a load of 8/4 white oak that I'm tempted to use.

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    Default Re: Rail Cap Wood Recommendation

    Black locust

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    Hi,

    Not a lot of Black locust around here. (Eastern Ontario). I've never seen any for sale.

    Mark

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    You're in the Ottawa area? Yes, BL generally grows thin and crooked here. Difficult to find large enough stock to mill it.

    For a workboat, painted, I'd pick tamarack.

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    Default Re: Rail Cap Wood Recommendation

    I thought white oak was considered very decay resistant.
    Bucephalus, my 19' Ralph Stanley sloop, has white oak rubrails, toerails, and cockpit coaming caprails. Half-round trim on the coachroof, too. All varnished. Not without their maintenance quirks, but after 30 years they aren't black at all, and I haven't torn them off and replaced them with something else.

    I think white oak looks prettier (entirely personal preference), but black locust is a lot more rot-resistant when it comes to fresh water incursion, so if I ever need to replace B's trim, I'd probably change over to black locust.

    Remember that while varnish might be fussy, it's a lot easier to spot problems starting in varnished wood than it is to try and see through paint.

    Alex

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