Here is the link to my project.
When I started I looked for good sources of supplies in the Idaho Falls area, but soon gave up. With the exception of the hardware that I purchased from Hyde Drift Boats (good people and very helpful) I purchased all of my supplies from on-line retailers. This includes all of the wood: white oak, Port Orford cedar, and Meranti Hydrotek plywood.
Send me a message if you have any questions.
This is where I bought the cedar...
This is where I bought the Marenti Hydrotech and white oak...
I was able to order the quantities I needed and I only have a few scraps of wood left from my project.
I found no way to order these woods from businesses in Idaho Falls that was less expensive than ordering on-line. And none of the businesses in Idaho Falls that I contacted seemed to have ever heard of Marenti Hydrotech plywood or Port Orford cedar.
Just spit-balling here Chris, but since you're encapsulating everything anyway, why not just use something like white oak? It's strong and relatively rot resistant, and I assume a little more easily obtained than POC.
BTW, I'm glad to see you're posting to your blog again. I've enjoyed watching the build.
Be glad to show you how to do your layups with one shot using infusion since you are already all set up with a vacuum bag system.Save a ton of work and produce a denser layup.
I think I'd use Honduras Mahogany for gunnels--- definitely not cedar because it isn't hard enough. Port Orford is so rare its almost a crime to use it anymore. 2O years a go I drove down to Port Orford and brought back a full load on a 3/4 ton. Walked out in the wood yard and picked out my logs, then rode with the head sawyer as we cut them.
I've been threatening to order another three sheets of 7 lam Sapele from the east coast. Shipping to Driggs is a little over $ 200, but if anybody else is interested in adding to it with Sapele or Ocume it doesn't get much more expensive to double or triple the order.
Randy, I am just finishing up a boat and live in Hailey. Hard to find boat wood in Idaho except maybe in Boise. However if you are up this way, Idaho Lumber in Hailey has a pallet of Alaskan Yellow cedar which I used for my frames. Ask for Mike Brunker there. Also Allred Precision Wood Products in Carey can get 4X16 sheets of Okume. I opted for fir marine ply because of expense. You might check around Idaho Falls with some of the custom cabinet makers, they could have some resources for hard to find wood. Good luck.
Johnson Brothers in IF has a large selection of woodworking supplies including cvg fir and occasionally white oak. Probably worth your time to make a complete list, take a trip to salt lake city and go to macbeaths hardwoods. They have everything. Very cool store. Large selection of okoume, meranti, others. Lots of long dimensional woods. Good luck and have fun!
Hi Guys and inter-mountain boat builders. I just received some Meranti Hydortek and fir marine ply from Almquist Lumber in Arcata CA. http://www.almquistlumber.com/boatwoods.html.
5 sheets of 6mm & 1 sheet of 12mm hydrotek and 2 sheets of 1/2 fir, total shipping cost was only $130 to Twin Falls. The fir ply is beautiful, A face has no patches, B face only 1 or 2. It comes from a mill in Brookings OR. Makes me want to build a traditional all fir boat. Maybe after I finish this one!