Is Exterior plywood ok for an Imp?

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Is Exterior plywood ok for an Imp?

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I'm planning on building an Imp with my kids that we can carry around on our camper trailer. Is it ok to build this out of exterior plywood? I can't find marine grade wood local. I'm planning on painting it, not bright finish. It will probably see rough duty at the hands of my kids. Any thoughts?
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Post by John Bowen »

You could, but.................

http://www.noahsmarine.com/html/canada.html
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Post by C4thprimeau »

Thanks John. I'm actually about 3 1/2 hrs from Noahs. I realize the marine ply would better. I'm curious as to the difference in durability between the two. What makes marine plywood different from exterior grade? I'm new to this.

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Post by John Bowen »

Dan,

Have been thru the Wood&Plywood section/posts? Lots of good reading there.

But, in short.
Marine ply has no viods, where ext-ply will
Marine ply has more vaneer layers than ext-ply, in same thickness
Marine ply has waterproof glue, ext-ply, well, your never sure(todays)
Marine ply has/is stronger than ext-ply, per square
Marine ply has only one down fall, Price

But, listen, if this build is, "for now", then by all means, the use of ext-ply is good enofe. Epoxy all and glass outer hull with 4 or 6oz cloth, you'd be good to go.
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Post by C4thprimeau »

I think I'll take a road trip to Noah's. I didn't realise there was that big a difference. Thank's! I'm sure I'll have more questions shortly once I start the build, I'm not a very experienced carpenter(my dad would call me more of a "wood butcher"). :D

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Post by John Bowen »

Dan,

I scratched this post because of Drew's posting. :wink:

At the prices he's given, it's wroth the trip. Just be sure to make up a list of all the woods ya need.

Let us know how ya made out and don't forget about the C&C if ya don't already have such.
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Post by Drew »

If you haven't searched around for wood in your area ill just give you a heads-up that noahs is by far the cheapest around. They sell nice philipean mahogany for $5.95 a foot and Meranti 6mm 5 ply for $48.95. They also deliver if you aren't up for the ride there and back.

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Post by C4thprimeau »

Drew,
Thanks, I've actually found out my nieghbour that makes cedar strip canoes goes down to Noah's fairly regularly. He's going to pick up my materials next time he goes. I have to tell you your boat looks awsome.
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