What is the best material for boat stringers?

Asked By: Mane Jodecke | Last Updated: 22nd June, 2020
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The best stringers are not wood.
Just finished making (experimenting) with several different composite stringers utilizing various technologies, comprised of epoxy, Kevlar, carbon fiber, and other materials. Excellent deflection and stiffness and wont rot.

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Similarly, it is asked, what do you use for boat stringers?

Use wood where wood was used, plywood for plywood, foam for foam, etc. Attempt to duplicate the species of wood used in the stringer as well as the dimensions of the wood. You can use a more cavalier approach to replacing low-density core materials than you can for active cores.

One may also ask, how many layers of fiberglass do I need for boat stringers? Probably 3 layers fine if you glass or bond the floors to top of the stringers.

Similarly one may ask, what kind of wood is used for stringers?

You can buy untreated or pressure treated wood, as well as stringers that are pre-cut and easier to use.

What is the best wood for boat stringers?

Most of the oaks are difficult to glue with the adhesives you'll use, and they're heavier then necessary too. Stay away from the light weight stuff like cedar and white spruce. They can work, but the stringer usually has to be larger in dimension for the lumber to do it's job.

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What material is used for stair stringers?

LP SolidStart Laminated Strand Lumber (LSL) is ideal for stair stringers because it offers numerous advantages over traditional lumber products. Our manufacturing process gives LP SolidStart LSL more consistent moisture content than lumber, which helps keep it from twisting, warping and shrinking.

How do you change a transom on a fiberglass boat?

Remove all traces of the old plywood then sand and clean with 80-grit sandpaper. Be sure and sand the edges where the inner layers of fiberglass attach to the hull, it will make bonding the new transom in place much easier. Vacuum up the dust and wipe down the fiberglass with acetone.

Can you use LVL for stair stringers?

LP SolidStart Laminated Strand Lumber (LSL) and LP SolidStart Laminated Veneer Lumber (LVL) are ideal for Stair Stringers because they surpass traditional lumber products in length, strength and consistency. Our LVL is then bonded with waterproof adhesives under pressure and heat, making it strong, solid and straight.

What type of wood is used for deck stairs?

Two types of wood widely considered the best for outdoor building of any kind are redwood and cedar. This is because they are both naturally resistant to weather damage, are easy to work with, and have a reputation for being long lasting wood even when not treated, stained, or painted.

What kind of wood should I use for a boat deck?


Before repairing or replacing wood on your boat, it is crucial to know the structural role the wood will play. Exterior marine surfaces such as decks,gunwales and hardware mounts are fashioned from dense, decay-resistant woods like teak and white oak. Teak has long been popular for its strength and durability.

What is an open stringer?

Also known as an open stringer. Generally used on the open side of a staircase. Stringer is cut as a bridgeboard, and treads are placed on the stringer. Treads visible from the side, overlapping the stringer by 25 mm. With or without risers.

How do you build a staircase?

Steps
  1. Measure the height of the area where you will install the stairs.
  2. Divide the total rise by the typical rise per step.
  3. Divide the total rise by the number of steps to get the actual rise per step.
  4. Establish the run of each step.
  5. Find the total run of the staircase.
  6. Decide if your stairs need landings.

How do you use a precut Stringer?

How to Use Pre-Cut Stair Stringers for Decks
  1. Measure the height of the rise, or back section, of the precut stair stringer.
  2. Measure down from the top of the decking on the face board of the deck using the measurement of the rise of the precut stair stringer.
  3. Place each stringer in position with the top of the stringer at the mark made in the last step.

How do you measure a boat hull?

The hull length should be measured from the point of the bow to the transom, excluding bow sprits, outboard motors and other appendages.

How much does it cost to replace a boat floor?


Having said that, The floor itself can be replaced by yourself. The structural members also but be aware that the materials required are pretty expensive. Just the wood alone for the floor will cost you $200 plus and then you need fibreglass. Figure $500 just to replace the floor.

How do you replace a floor in a fiberglass boat?

Step 1 - Remove the Damaged Flooring
The most common material used for boat flooring is BC plywood, and it is also used for fiberglass boats in particular. Start removing the old damaged material using an electric saw to cut it; if the stringers and bulkheads are rotten, get them replaced with fiberglass ones.

How many layers does 1708 have?

Replace the same thickness of glass you removed plus some tabbing strips..a layer of 1708 is a little under a 1/16 of an inch thick.so if your original glass was 1/8 or so inch thick, I would use 3 layers of 1708 to cover from the top edge of the stringer, down the sides and about 12 inches on the hull bottom,

What side of 1708 fiberglass goes down?

Re: how to use 1708 fiberglass
The mat side goes down towards the surface, the woven faces outwards.