Cedar wood for boat bench?

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  1. DANZIG

    DANZIG New Member

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    Bench seats and the board on the outside of the transom on my 12ft V bottom project.

    Any reasons why not??
     
  2. fish

    fish Active Member

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    The only down side I can think of is cedar isn't a very strong wood. It does resist rot pretty good but it will water log easily. You will need to bolt through the cedar mounting your motor as just tightening the screw clamps won't work, the wood compresses to much and the motor will losen up on you.
     

  3. DANZIG

    DANZIG New Member

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    Mmm.. That could be a problem.
    I was looking to match the wood between the two but I may have to mix with Oak I guess, I still think I want the Cedar on the benches.

    Thanks!
     
  4. Ketch

    Ketch New Member

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    cedar also "stains" from not using galvanized fasteners.

    I would suggest cypress. It is as rot resistant as cedar, and much tighter grained. A very solid wood.

    Just my 2 cents
     
  5. Katmandeux

    Katmandeux New Member

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    I agree...cypress would be a good choice, but it may not be locally available, and it is pricey, when you find it.

    There's cedar, and then, there's cedar. Are you talking about western red cedar, eastern red cedar, northern white cedar....?

    Exterior plywood, with a coat of paint, would be my first choice.
     
  6. DANZIG

    DANZIG New Member

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    Was looking at WRC. Just going for looks, hanging a 4 hp and not too worried about longevity.

    It's a pretty simple boat, even if it had to be replaced every other year it would be no big deal. 'Spect all the wood on her could be replaced in a hour, counting beer breaks.:big_smile:
     
  7. Katmandeux

    Katmandeux New Member

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    Works for me, bro.:smile2:
     
  8. cantstopgrandma

    cantstopgrandma New Member

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    What about plastic decking boards? No rot, and i've used it on a boat transom before with no problems.
     
  9. porboy

    porboy New Member

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    Good idea Matt. Never would have thought of it.
     
  10. hawgman

    hawgman New Member

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    Hey I think cedar would look good and if you are not worried about having to replace it often then go for it.