By Robert M. Steward
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But" suffil iCllt Ilum\wr of failures. sUI~h as delamination, have been n'(orded. Bccause of this. t1H' LISt' of t'xterior grade is not recommended unless one is ahlO/litely ('('rlal/l that the panf'ls are made Hith truly waterpruof glue, that all voids art' plugged bv the builder to prcvent the f'ntranc~ of water. hle for the job. e that could be caused by failure of this plvwood matnial. I p,lIH'i ph-wolld It'nds to splinter on its under· sidt, wtlt'll sam-d. 'lt. //1
Thert' is still a place for plywootl in the marinl' fil'lti for such parts as decks and superstructures for limited. produc:ion fibt'fglass hoats, and it is extensively used for st rul'l ural bulkheads and in· terior joilll'fwork in hulls of all construction types. Being made of t hill laVI'rs of wood sl'curelv honded til ('ach otlwr. plywood panels are stiffer than hoards of equal thickness and havt' advantages IIVl'r rt'gular lumher, l'Vl'll for SOll1l' parts of boats made cumpletelv of wood.
When t he frame has been completely cm'cred with the C·Flex planking it is wet out with resin. either polyester or epoxy. and t hell lamination is contilllwd with conventional fiberglass materials until the desired t hickIless has b("('n rcached. Bv the nature of its cOllstrullioll, the C·Flex is very strong in the direction of the rods. It is made in two weights. :) pound,> per squarc foot. is 12' wide. and climes in lengths of 100' and 250' rolls, or any length to order. Like any similar construction.