Sustainable Performance New Zealand Wood

Discussion in 'Wooden Boat Building and Restoration' started by CDBarry, Jun 8, 2012.

  1. CDBarry
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  2. rwatson
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    I would be surprised to hear anyone using New Zealand Radiata Pine for boatbuilding as it is very sappy for epoxy work, prone to rot in water, and is full of knots.
     
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    Pine is ok if cca treated and used for non structural members like interior furniture cleats etc. Its NOT suitable for general boatbuilding. planking etc.
     
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    Gooday 'motorbike' - don't pay to much 'cca-treated' bother to what - a 'taz-wegien' thinks - eh. We were using lots of - wood type stuff - long before - dem-tazwegiens were walking on the ground. He he he he he, Ciao, james
     
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    they do have good wood in tassie!
     

  6. rwatson
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    Well, they used to. Nowadays the Huon Pine, Celery Top Pine, King Billy Pine etc are over $6K per cubic metre, so not affordable unless you are a famous cook from Hong Kong.

    Balsa, Kiri and Plywood are the basic materials in Tassie now, like the rest of Australia.

    Mind you, I think swamp gum is still pretty affordable for your keels and stems.
     
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