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Old 02-10-2004, 06:36 AM
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I’m rebuilding the upper and lower rear bulkhead on my Chris Craft TSF. The existing bulkhead is teak interior with pressed Formica exterior tinted to match the boat. I’m considering going with solid teak, varnished on the exterior similar to the link below.

http://www.californiaboats.net/cgi-b...&img=1&count=1

Some buddies are trying to sway me back to Formica, based on the maintenance of the teak wall. I figure one day per year would be dedicated to maintenance with a few days every three years for a full strip. What is the deal with maintenance on these? They are beautiful when done right, but I don’t want to create a pain in the backside.
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Your estimate is about correct. My Catalina Sport is very similar. Are you replacing wood? I'm pretty sure it's Mahogany, not Teak. If you're replacing wood I would treat it with CPES or something similar. If you keep up with it the maintenance isn't too bad. If you let it go it's a pain.
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Thanks Joe. I'm replacing the wood/Formica. I'll look into that mahogany. The yard manager was suggesting a teak/holly laminate.
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The Teak& Holly is pretty, but I belive the just Mahogany would look better for the bulkhead panel.
Teak & Holly are usually seen on the deck.
Check into the use of "Honey Teak" unstead of varnish. Same look and much less maintance.

You could even V grove the edges of the Mahogany to look like wayne's coating.
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Carrie-Dee- I have a 74 TSF and am planning on replacing my bulkhead also. I was looking into a teak laminate for the interior and painting the exterior. Have you removed the bulkhead yet? I would like to compare notes as this progresses.
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Jim,

I have both motors out and the carpenter is presently removing the main beam and lower bulkhead today. I was lucky enough to land some templates for the main beam from a local guy that replaced his bulkhead a few years ago.

I considered the teak laminate with mica or glass on the outside with paint, but...since it's all out, I thought the exposed wood would really add luster to the boat, like that California boat linked above.

I got two prices from yards for the bulkhead replacement...one was $14,000, the other was $12,000. Both were going to attack the project from the cabin. The yard that is on the project now indicated that they could save a ton of $$ by going at it from the cockpit, by removing the engines. This option worked out great. I can now change out the water tank, clean and paint the bilge, and clean up the motors while they are out. Motor pull was only about 6 hours.

I am preparing an article for the TSF club news letter on the bulkhead replacement. Keep in touch and I'll get the article to you.
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Look at this sight before varnishing. I have been using it for 5 years now and it does just what he says it will. Check out my websight and I have a lot of teak and did not touch it for 3 years and then just touched it up. I use to put 14 coats of varnish a year sanding betwen coats but no more.Just a thought .No I am not afiliated (sp)with them just a happy customer.
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Carrie-Dee,
You're not planning on putting formica onthe outside, I hope. Water WILL get behind it & you KNOW what happens then!
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Joe,

Ya...they press the mica on in a vacumm press or mechanical press with adhesive. That is the original layup from CC.
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Carrie Dee:

Just did this on my Hatt.

Take the wood, mahog. or teak and treat with Smith's clear penetrating epoxy until you can't feel the grain with fingernail.

Next, coat, while tacky, with Imron 500 Cler with U.V. inhibitor, 5 coats.

The finish will come out like a Pompanette fighting chair, little maintenance required and you caqn wet sand and buff the finish.
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Carrie-Dee,
Why are you replacing the wood? Did the original rot underneath the formica? If you want that look you can use "West System" to epoxy it. You can add color to it as well. It won't "leak".

Roger's suggestion sounds good as well. I'm doing some wood work on an older Egg Harbor now. I might try it.


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Do you have to spray the Imron?
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Joe,

Yes...the wood rotted out on both sides of the bulkhead. Very common on these TSF's. Roger's suggestion sounds great. I'm going to research it a bit more. Sounds like a good longer-term solution to a nagging maintenance headache.
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Is the rot at the bottom? That's where I have problems with mine. Some is a pain to get at as it's a galley-up, & it's against that back of the bulkhead. It's a common problem on Eggs & Pacemakers as well. How much are you replacing?
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Folks:

You do need to spray the Imron. The end result is killer.
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If you go to Boldwater.com and then photo galleries you will see one called "Hambone IV".

That is the fellow that did the lettering and you can see the results. You can see the guy's reflection in the transom.

If someone can cut and paste, maybe you could post it here. Thanks

By the way, I learned the process from a friend at Garlington Yachts. (3.2Mill, big waiting list)
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Joe,

I’m replacing the entire bulkhead including the lower bulk. Some guys I know have spiced in some pieces that ended up looking OK.

I’ve heard the Eggs had the same problem. I got quotes up to $14,000 for the job. The average labor estimate was 200 manhours with mechanical, carpentry and glass trades involved. So…it can be a pretty big project. We attacked it from the cockpit side by removing the motors to facilitate a complete bilge cleanup and paint job. I’ll pass on some progress pics as the project goes on through this board for your reference.
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Penske board or foamcore board is a great bulkhead material. You can add a veneer of teak easily.

14K sounds high.

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