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Old    LM (zorro)      Join Date: Jan 2005       06-20-2007, 10:33 PM Reply   
I have to replace my teak swim step, it is broken at various areas.
I am wondering if using marine plywood would be a correct choice to build a new swim step (it is easier to find than teak) or if teak is the only way to go if a wood swim step is what is needed.
Any advice? Does the plywood get worse than teak with age?
Old    dhcomp (dhcomp)      Join Date: Jun 2003       06-21-2007, 11:08 AM Reply   
Don't use ply. It won't hold up, and isn't as strong.

Do it right and build it with teak, buy a used platform at a marine salvage place, or get/build a fiberglass platform.
Old    Darrel F (95sn)      Join Date: Sep 2005       06-21-2007, 3:20 PM Reply   
Ipe is another hardwood that will work if you cant find teak.
Old    Greg McNeill (greg2)      Join Date: May 2002       06-21-2007, 7:38 PM Reply   
How would plywood work if it was sprayed with some type of bedliner?
Old    Chris (maxx_wake)      Join Date: Sep 2003       06-22-2007, 5:42 AM Reply   
I was thinking the same thing of using plywood sprayed with bedliner. I have a sheet of 1-1/8" ply that I got for free and I could use my existing brackets so all it would cost me is the bedliner material. If my project list ever gets any shorter I might just try it.
Old     (badzuki)      Join Date: Sep 2001       06-22-2007, 6:08 AM Reply   
I am just finishing up that project now. All I have left is to get some gator grip and put it on. Its all painted. I used 3/4" marine plywood. I made it two sheets thick.

I made a "false" swim deck for my last boat. I like not having to teak my platform. Don't have to worry about this one. If it get scratched or hit is no big deal.

A sheet of 3/4" marine plywood is $75 here so I used treated. It was almost $40. I used 3 quarts of paint $30. And I used 5 cans of clear coat. So this project has cost a $100. It is going to be over $150 with the gator grip. I didn't do the rhino lining just because I thought the paint would look a little better and be a little cheaper. It took a very lone time to do this project. It is a lot of work but also with all the coats of paint and drying time it takes a long time


I would recommend putting that money towards a teak deck if you don't have one. But if you just want a spare deck or one that is going to get trashed then this is the way to go. It is also kind of cool to make it a little longer.

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