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Old 04-24-2016, 11:13 AM   #1
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Flybridge Stowage Compartment from PVC Board

I never could figure out what this hole in the flybridge bulkhead ("dashboard") was from. PO had covered it up with a piece of varnished hardwood, but it was looking kind of ratty already when I bought the boat:



I've been experimenting with PVC board (Starboard, Azek, etc.) so I thought I'd try something a little more complex. Here's what I ended up with:



Not bad. I still have a long way to go before I consider myself proficient with this material, but I'm learning.

I may attack that access hatch with the peeling paint (over teak!) you see on the left next.
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Old 04-24-2016, 12:51 PM   #2
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That is a nice bit of cabinetry work. But I believe that Starboard is polyethylene which is why no cement will really work with it. I have used 5200 with screws and that works ok.

So, what did you use and where did you get it. Starboard is kind of expensive at places like Jamestown Distributers.


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Old 04-24-2016, 04:43 PM   #3
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The original hole looks like a fire extinguisher insert...they were made from that cheap plastic that only lasted 5 years or so.


There is a starboard glue I believe...check their website....or good marine distributer.
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Tom, your cabinetry looks good in that location. A much better look than a crummy old piece of wood. Is that lower right section a drawer?


I've used Starboard a couple of times where I had to glue it. It needs to be "flamed" before glue with adhere. That is done by moving a hot propane flame over it, holding the propane torch a couple of inches away from the surface, and keeping it moving, not stopping.


When you do that 4200 and 5200 will adhere to it.
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I thought about drawers, but it's just too small. That bottom plate is just to allow me to pile "junk" in there without it all spilling out. The top shelf has a little lip, too.

I agree the hole looked about the right size and shape for one of those fire extinguisher holders.

This is made from 1/2" Azek PVC board from the big-box home improvement store, held together mostly by PVC cement. Good to know about Starboard & cement, but that stuff is too pricey for me to play with at this point, anyway.
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Great improvement, Tom. Next project!
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That is a nice bit of cabinetry work. But I believe that Starboard is polyethylene which is why no cement will really work with it. I have used 5200 with screws and that works ok.

So, what did you use and where did you get it. Starboard is kind of expensive at places like Jamestown Distributers.


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Try and find a plastics supplier/fabricator in your neighbourhood.

I had a new hatch cover made by TAP Plastics, north of Seattle. They have shops along the West coast Whilst in the shop I noticed they had an 'offcuts' bin with Starboard in various thicknesses. They sell it by the pound. I got into the habit of calling in every now and then to stock up on pieces of Starboard, and still have quite a number left even after being back in Australia for a couple of years and having done quite a few little projects. I sure will miss them when I run out.....

Oh, and I asked them what to use to glue starboard together and they said 'screws'.
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+1 for TAP Plastics. I had them make a new dashboard out of Starboard for my flybridge to cover all the old holes and install new instruments. I gave them a template and they cut it out and rounded over the edges at a very reasonable price. I've also bought extra pieces from their cut-off bin for various projects.
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Sudbury Elastomeric Sealant is the only adhesive/sealant I know of that will stick to Starboard without a lot of special preparation. It's pretty nice stuff. It skins over quickly and completely sets in 24 hours.
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GRP sheet in various thicknesses is OTS.
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