Off-beat boat wood question (Cherry)

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Rob Myran
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Off-beat boat wood question (Cherry)

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Last night's storm brought a big cherry tree down in my side yard. It came down on top of my P-21 boat trailer - luckily only the brushy end and no damage. Whew!

So, I am trying to make use of a windfall:

I am wondering about using the wood for the frame on a skin-on-frame kayak. There certainly is the length in the trunk for any size. I would expect to epoxy varnish the wood frame, and the whole thing would be covered with painted 1000 denier ballistic nylon.

Does anyone have thoughts on the rot resistance of the cherry in this application and method?

Second consideration on strip building using this material. Again, it would be encapsulated with epoxy, and in this case fiberglass. Thoughts?
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We use a fair amount of cherry for interiors in yachts. I have never used it for framing though. Getting clear stuff of any length has also been a real problem. We have even made floor enlays for cabins and companionways, gluing it down to plywood backing boards.

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your cherry would have to be dryed before you could even used
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Rob Myran wrote: Does anyone have thoughts on the rot resistance of the cherry in this application and method?

Second consideration on strip building using this material. Again, it would be encapsulated with epoxy, and in this case fiberglass. Thoughts?
no problem strip building re rot and a decorative element (color) as it is encapsulated in epoxy and cloth, but would be far down on my list as the primary wood on the strip building a small craft like a kayak because of weight.
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