Boat Cover Batten wood?

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Boat Cover Batten wood?

Post by Mark-NJ » Sat Sep 22, 2018 1:10 pm

Not sure what sub-forum this belongs in, but I figured it would get the most traction here. MODS: Feel free to move as needed.

What do all of you use to make boat cover battens? These are mine, they're made from leftover 1/4" Meranti plywood. They're 2 years old and showing their age badly. The one fore is starting to crack in the middle.

As a kid, I remember the cover battens on our boat lasting forever; we surely never replaced them. So there's got to be something better than what I'm using.

Ideas?

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Post by billy c » Sat Sep 22, 2018 2:18 pm

Try one of the flavors of mahogany. I’ve had some of ash also that did ok but were varnish coated.
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Post by Bill Edmundson » Sat Sep 22, 2018 2:41 pm

I used fiberglass sail battens.


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Re: Boat Cover Batten wood?

Post by PeterG » Sat Sep 22, 2018 2:43 pm

Hi Mark, really nice boat! Those bows can be found at marine supply places for example at West Marine:
https://www.westmarine.com/buy/attwood- ... ogle-_-GSC
I have had both wood and fiberglass, both worked well though I think the fiberglass is prone to chipping on the ends and puts more pressure on the boat, trying to push the sides out. Totally up to you whatever you want.
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Post by hoodman » Sat Sep 22, 2018 3:05 pm

A couple lams of thin wood would help keep it from splitting.
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Post by Rich Coey » Sat Sep 22, 2018 5:12 pm

I had a aluminum one on a boat I had.

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Re: Boat Cover Batten wood?

Post by Mark-NJ » Sat Sep 22, 2018 7:42 pm

I have some leftover sapele. Is that "mahogany-ish" enough?

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Post by billy c » Sun Sep 23, 2018 6:13 am

Mark-NJ wrote:I have some leftover sapele. Is that "mahogany-ish" enough?
Should be perfect if grain is not too wild.
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Post by bobinpowayca » Wed Oct 03, 2018 5:31 pm

Howdy, I had a badly bowed mahogany floor board i saved and put 1x1 oak along the sides for rigidity, to make a backbone for the cover. My generic cover still sagged between the windshield and rear seat so before I cover it I lay a 3'x4' piece of 1/4"ply on each side, they lay on the oak lip and are held there by the cleat. Bob
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Post by TAB » Wed Oct 03, 2018 6:21 pm

I use 1/2 pvc ent works great and its cheap. even made some end caps out of hdpe I had left over. I just use some spring clamps to hold them in place. works great and it cost about $10 going on 4 years now. no complaints.

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Post by Mark-NJ » Thu Oct 04, 2018 6:11 pm

Sched40 PVC! That's an awesome idea!

Thanks!

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Post by Mark-NJ » Tue Oct 09, 2018 3:57 pm

Oh yeah! 1/2" Sched40 for the win!

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I heated the ends with a heat gun, then pressed the softened pipe between 2 metal plates. As it was hardening, I lifted up on the pipe to give a slight bend to the now-flattened end. Then I sawed the ends to length, with an angle to meet the boat's gunwale.

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Post by PeterG » Tue Oct 09, 2018 6:26 pm

Perfect! A clever solution, nicely done :D
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Post by Milhouse » Tue Oct 09, 2018 7:33 pm

Love it!
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Re: Boat Cover Batten wood?

Post by TAB » Wed Oct 10, 2018 8:33 am

Glad that worked for you. Just a fyi, sun light eats up box, so try not too let them sit out in it. You can also hit them with some krylon spray paint if you want them too look better

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