Originally Posted by jclays
In regards to the interior and exterior bright work on Californians. What type of Mahogany is used for the paneling and trim work on these boats? Philippine? Honduran? Its not Sepele . I need to replace a termite damaged panel.
Mahogany, Philipine Mahogany and Sapele are terms that get confused quite a bit. Check out this link Mahogany Mixups: the Lowdown
for one apparently knowledgeable person's take on it. In other words, when talking to a vendor do not limit yourself to one "species". Best to take a sample in hand when you go.
I've always called the "striped" grain pattern seen in the older Californians "ribbon grain Philipine Mahogany". In recent decades I've only seen it in ply or veneer, not lumber. It's my understanding that the stripes are a result of the way the timbers are sawn in addition to the specific tree species. A lot of people around the PNW call it sapele. No matter what it's called or if it's lumber or ply / veneer I think it's beautiful.
I just had some repair work done to my '83 Californian. Rot under the fwd head port side port light. The carpenters dug out the rot (after removing the portlight), laminated some veneer to new ply and patched it up. It's a very good grain match. The veneer came from Edensaw
in Port Townsend. I'll ask what the carpenters what Edensaw calls it.
Color matching is another matter and takes a good eye for it. Buy extra ply or veneer so you've got some to experiment with.