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    Default Vendia Plywood

    With the Euro down, the price of Vendia is almost down to Okoume level and well below Sapele. Would there be any interest from any builders in the Maine area in going in on a shipment? A pallet shipment would add to the cost, but they advertise it would have enough to build 10 small boats. I estimate my next build would take 2 "small boats" worth.

    There is no rush on my part, but I'd like to take advantage of the exchange rate. As they sell planks it will take some calculating to figure out what to order.

    If you're not familiar with Vendia it is mentioned in this month's issue of WB and there have been previous Forum posts. It is a sustainable pine product made of sliced veneers. From what I've read it is a high quality product and I'd love to give it a try. Let me know if you might be interested in going in on a shipment.
    Steve B
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    Vendia Marine Planks will be in the US for the first time! I finally managed to get it shipped and it will be arriving in Portland (Maine) on 9/21. Depending on when it gets offloaded it might make it to the Maine Small Craft Celebration on 9/22-23. I will have a few brochures and small samples even it the marine planks don't make it. It will be another month or so before I'll be able to use it and give it a review. I really hoping it will be a good review!

    I'm not importing for resale I ordered (hopefully) just enough for my build. I'd like to bring it to the boat show so folks can check it out.
    Last edited by SBrookman; 09-09-2018 at 05:31 AM. Reason: Not for resale
    Steve B
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    PAYTON 13' Pea Pod

    RIVUS 16' Melonseed


    "If a man must be obsessed by something, I suppose a boat is as good as anything, perhaps a bit better than most." E. B. White

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    Default Re: Vendia Plywood

    Any news on this?

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    I finally got the shipment, couldn't pick it up until after the boat show. I now know how to, and how not to, arrange for shipping.


    Since I'm into planking, now on the 3rd plank, it's time for a review. So far I'm very happy with it. It works, smells and bends like real wood. It's only apparent that it's engineered when planing into one of the 2 cross veneers. The face veneers are flawless, I opted for quarter sawn. There are occasional small knots in the inner veneers, not an issue.

    It is classified as a marine plank, not a plywood. It comes in various widths, thicknesses, and lengths. While it is a plus not having to deal with 4x8 sheets it's a challenge trying to calculate how to get a spiled plank out of what sized piece of Vendia. I opted for the 12mm (1/2") of different widths for my build with some 15mm for the cabin. I ended up making a spreadsheet to help figure out the order and I needed to convert mm to inches, Euros to $, and KG into #'s. After a lot of head scratching, I made my best estimate based on the plans but to no surprise while I got it close, I was just 1-2" off with the 1st 2 planks, meaning I had to use longer planks than I planned. So while I did order some extra, that, plus a moronic, stupid, miscut yesterday, I don't have much room for any more mistakes. Nothing like a little pressure as I can't go to a local store, or any place this side of the Atlantic, to get more.

    I'm really impressed with the bending. Holding a 1/2" think plank and looking at 2 pointy ends it seemed like that would be a challenge but it took it fine. The bend to the stern stem took some persuasion, but a cup of hot water and towel and it bent right in.

    If you have any questions about Vendia or getting it shipped to the US let me know. Especially if you'd like to have some shipped to Maine as I might be wishing I had some more!
    Steve B
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    PAYTON 13' Pea Pod

    RIVUS 16' Melonseed


    "If a man must be obsessed by something, I suppose a boat is as good as anything, perhaps a bit better than most." E. B. White

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    The last Vendia plank is on and I have 2 left. Lucky or good planning I'll take it. Summarizing, I really enjoyed using Vendia. It was more like working with pine planks than plywood. Even with two pointy ends I didn't have to steam, although there was a lot persuasion involved, especially in the stern. Not only was it easy to work, it was easy to handle. Dealing with planks in a one man shop much easier than 4x8 sheets of ply.

    The initial price was competitive but it depends on the Euro/dollar valuation. Shipping is the bugaboo. I now know how to get it shipped, and how not to. If anyone is interested let me know. I still have a broker's license until Sep. that I had to get because I was given the wrong gouge from the shipping company.

    Now to turn this big ugly into something not so:
    Steve B
    Sjogin IIIa
    PAYTON 13' Pea Pod

    RIVUS 16' Melonseed


    "If a man must be obsessed by something, I suppose a boat is as good as anything, perhaps a bit better than most." E. B. White

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    Default Re: Vendia Plywood

    Glad to hear that you liked it.
    Wish it was available locally. I'd like to try it.
    I just went last week and picked up a load of plywood that hopefully we be enough to finish my hull.
    I'd love to see some more pics of yours when you can.

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    Hey Steve, I’m in Brooklin this week working on Howard’s house. It’d be great to see your shop, and that interesting planking, or maybe you could come for a sail with us on Howard’s Chebacco.

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    Steve, give a holler and I'll show you around. If you don't have my email, it's on my website or just PM. Great time to be Downeast!

    Timo, I post progress whenever this is some on my website. Slow, daunting, but fun. I do check in your build. Ninigret is one of my favorites, for a boat without a sail. There is usually a fine looking one at the SRR.
    Steve B
    Sjogin IIIa
    PAYTON 13' Pea Pod

    RIVUS 16' Melonseed


    "If a man must be obsessed by something, I suppose a boat is as good as anything, perhaps a bit better than most." E. B. White

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    Default Re: Vendia Plywood

    Congratulations Steve! Great website, too.

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