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Old 01-07-2011, 04:07 PM   #15
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And dark; the small showers are dark enough already. I'd reconsider - after all, one does not spend any more time than necessary in an Airstream shower. Navy showers and all that.

Now, if you really don't intend to use it and wish to simply make it a decorator item, then....



Somebody, please, point me to the road.

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Old 01-07-2011, 07:42 PM   #16
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Clear finished wood can be made to work - but I'd use several coats of epoxy (West System or similar) and then polyurethane over that. It's a lot more work, but can look very nice.

Pygmy Kayaks are finished that way....

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Old 01-08-2011, 11:43 AM   #17
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Originally Posted by CanoeStream View Post

Long as we're talking boats and rot resistance -- how about hackmatack?

and, they make great "knees" in a boat.

Originally Posted by Bill M. View Post

My suggestion is to just do not do it.... Lousy for repeated wetting and drying. Seems like it will get slimy and moldy.
Bill might also be right with his suggestion. the slimy moldy potential would also have much to do with how often the shower gets used.

for a "daily driver" the wood may be impractical, but for a shower being used occasionally, I am, truthfully, unsure?

in any case, if you're going to press forward on this, you might also consider using teak or honduras mahogany rather than cedar or redwood.

any other "wooden boaters" out there to weigh in on this one?

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Old 01-08-2011, 12:38 PM   #18
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I am an old "wooden boater". Teak or mahogany are good choices. But I still believe it has to be sealed/polyurethaned both sides to keep the wood from expanding/contracting. If God wanted fiberglass boats, He would have made fiberglass trees. Sal.
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In 1992 I built a 18 foot cedar strip canoe. Strips were 1/8 x 1 inch. Inside and outside were fiberglassed, sanded, and Polyurethaned. The canoe has sat under a tree in my back yard [in the shade] and is still strong. Sal.
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We lived on our sailboat for 10 years and used the shower daily. The interior of the boat was teak including the heads and showers. The teak was varnished however the floor grate in the showers was unfinished. We never had a problem. There was one significant difference from an Airstream, ventilation. The boat had dorade boxes with vent scoops that provided ventilation continuously year around. When it got cold you just had to turn up the heater. Without the ventilation the boat was damp and musty.

Airstreams are sealed pretty tight, in spite of the leaks. I don't know that you could get enough continuous ventilation short of running a dehumidifier continuously to make wood of any kind in a shower work. By the way apitong, the wood used on truck and trailer beds holds up to weather but also needs to be ventilated.

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