I took a half day off work today because I had something special being delivered to my house. As is usually the case with this blog, as soon as I write down something I am going to do in the future, fate comes along and wrecks my plans. This time it was my trip to Vero Beach to pick up my Okoume plywood for the decks and sides. I had planned on having Boat Builders Central puzzle joint the ends and have them ready for pickup on Friday and I would get a cool night in Vero to goof off but it was not to be. I went from having time enough for an easy weekend away to just enough time for a day trip to Triton Lumber in Homassassa. I called Triton up the day before I was to head out looking for some 6mm, 9mm, and 12mm ply (enough to finish the job) but unfortunately they didn’t have enough. The counterman was nice enough to give me the phone number of his supplier World Panel Products and suggested I call them direct.
Chase from World Panel Products was super helpful. They carry several different styles of marine ply including okoume, sapele, meranti, cherry, teak, and on and on. Turns out they can ship to your door and the total cost is lower than anywhere else I could find. I ordered five more sheets of 9mm, two sheets of 6mm, and one more sheet of 12mm. The shipping company called me Friday and set up a delivery appointment for Monday.
The pallet arrived about two this afternoon. The had palletized, banded, card-boarded, and wrapped it so there was no way it could get damaged in transit. It was packed so well it took me quite a while to dig down to the plywood. Once I did I was super happy with my purchase. Now that I have proper okoume I wish I had never used the A/B marine fir. The okoume is so much easier to work with and the quality of the ply is way above the fir. Oh well, the next boat will have all premium ply.
That’s it for now, next time I will tell you about my monstrosity of a scarfing sled, and how a block plane works so much better.