Mark, personally I like mahogany better than teak. In
fact I used all mahogany on the woodwork, outside and
I finished Waxwing entirely and used mahogany for the
bulwarks (painted) and the Walestrake (varnished). It
was beautiful for 20 years until hurricane Georges
caught us tied in a slip in Puerto Rico in '98 and she
got banged good against a concrete pier for a couple
of hours. Fortunitely her extra heavy rubrail took
most of the beating but the bulwark and walestrake was
damaged enough that I wanted to replace it all.
Anticipating I could either bust my hump in Puerto
Rico repairing other boats from the hurricane and
working on mine part-time, I chose to make some quick
repairs (all new wire rigging and new sprit)and head
for Trinidad where I had heard wood was cheap.
Long story short was that teak was cheap in Trinidad
but mahogany was not. All their mahogany was coming
out of south America and I didn’t like the looks of
it, particularly for the Walestrake that would be
So I went and replaced everything (bulwark, bulwark
stantions, covering board and walestake with teak. The
teak looks nice but not as nice as my original
Any varnished wood is a trouble spot and teak is no
different if you have to varnish it (sometimes worse).
And I do have to varnish it…mates orders.
Warm seas and dry decks to you,
— Mark Gearhart <firstname.lastname@example.org > wrote:
Thanks Stan for the info on your jib arrangement. It
is very much appreciated.
Mark, in you last post you said you considered
furler as the ‘second’ most troublesome part of
BCC. What’s the first?
Yes, the first most troublesome part of my BCC is
the exterior wood. I have varnished mahagony. Roger
suggested mahagony as the wood to use if I wanted to
save some money. I probably should have done some
research myself. It did save quite a bit of money
though, at the expense of a lot of work later on.
In hindsight, it was proabably not the best move. I
can’t let it go at all or it will turn dark from
moisture. If I sand it, then the new wood is dark
since it has not been exposed to UV. Takes about a
for this wood to lighten up to match the rest of the
On the other hand, I’ve noticed that this mahagony
extremely hard compared to teak. I takes a lot to
a dent. Also, Interlux schooner varnish makes the
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