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Old 08-15-2008, 05:32 AM   #21
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In principal I agree with Boatdoc - I would use a product with a proven track record and marine plywood is just such a product. If you wanted it completely waterproof you could always treat it with CPES (or even Thompson's WaterSeal).

Having said that, there is a marine product called Coosa Board that is a manmade waterproof structural replacement for plywood which has been used in higher end yachts for more than 5 years now and you might consider it.
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Old 08-15-2008, 07:33 AM   #22
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Hi microphone; Your technical data sheet on which you base your theory can work in theory.... While I worked with nyloboard of another manufacturer and the product may differ somewhat, but it is still same base product.
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I'm not sure how I became "microphone" but the quote is mine so I will respond.

Are you saying that the material you used is not the product manufactured by Nyloboard LLC of Covington,GA? The product and the characteristics you describe seem very different than the product I am familiar with.
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Old 08-15-2008, 09:17 AM   #23
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Boatdoc,

I'm not sure how I became "microphone" but the quote is mine so I will respond.

Are you saying that the material you used is not the product manufactured by Nyloboard LLC of Covington,GA? The product and the characteristics you describe seem very different than the product I am familiar with.
Hi byamcaravanner; Sorry about it, and to tell you the truth I have no idea how [microphone] got on to your quote. In reference to nyloboard try to understand that all plastics are what they are, plastics. They contain the same base material. While proprietary specs may differ, I just wanted to point out that I personally would measure it while it is cold and then expose it to 100 degree direct sun. While the product will never see the sun in AS but the temps inside the belly pan however can reach over 120 degree. The related bubbling may have been related to exposure to the difference in temps sun on top, and cooled by water air, from underneath.
All in all, I would still run the test before installing it. I do not dispute manufacturers data sheet, but I would perform a test before I accept any figures posted on data sheets. Thanks, "Boatdoc"
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"In reference to nyloboard try to understand that all plastics are what they are, plastics. They contain the same base material."...really??? ...only in "theory".
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I am not an engineering technician or a chemist, but I was the one who found Nyloboard and put it in my bathroom in my airstream. I felt really bad when I read a thread about some one who put nyloboard in their boat and it melted from the sun. I have the piece I cut my floor out of sitting in my yard. It has been sitting there for several months. It has had the sun beat on it all summer and it looks just like it did when I bought it. After reading the thread about the nyloboard melting. I opened the back area of my airstream where my plumbing is to check for melting damage. My airstream sat out in the Georgia heat all summer and the board still looks and feels like it did the day I bought it. I guess I have been lucky so far.

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I felt really bad when I read a thread about some one who put nyloboard in their boat and it melted from the sun.
Brian,

Don't feel so bad... the stuff boatdoc used was not Nyloboard, but a similar product.

The experience that you have had is more like what I would expect based on my analysis of the sample I have.
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