Okume 1088 vs Meranti 1088

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Okume 1088 vs Meranti 1088

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A zip build.

Have to order online, but I can get 6mm okume for $78/sheet or meranti for $95/sheet. I know the meranti is stronger, more rot resistant but tends to splinter, and the okume easier to work with and lighter in weight. I just cant decide which to get. To throw a twist in the plot Im still undecided if I want to bright finish the ply or add veneer planks.

What are everyones thoughts? Anyone use both?

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Re: Okume 1088 vs Meranti 1088

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Antler

I've used both. When I bought Meranti was much cheaper. The rest is much as you described.

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Re: Okume 1088 vs Meranti 1088

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Antler,

I've used both and your description is on the mark. My source charges more for okoume. Encapsulated meranti on the left and okoume on the right
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Re: Okume 1088 vs Meranti 1088

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TomB wrote:
Tue Feb 11, 2020 6:21 am
Antler,

I've used both and your description is on the mark. My source charges more for okoume. Encapsulated meranti on the left and okoume on the rightIMG_0416.jpg

Tom
I saw this pic in another thread you commented on, and its part of the reason Im having trouble deciding. The meranti in your picture has a nice grain pattern but it really doesnt look like it finishes nice in comparison to the okume. Could the lighting be playing a hand in that? Any more pics of the finished meranti?

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Consider also that Okoume is lighter weight so this would reflect in a lighter boat. And as far as rot resistance, if the boat is properly encapsulated , and especially if it's a trailer boat, then the Okoume will probably not suffer from rot any more than the meranti. I've used Okoume exclusively on my Vera Cruise because of the weight savings. It is more expensive, but spread out over the time I've been building, not too difficult to manage.
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Re: Okume 1088 vs Meranti 1088

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Antler,

The "shine" level is the same on both pieces. Looking from the other direction...
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The other woods are, white oak frames, ribbon cut African mahogany longitudinals, meranti planking. Everything has three coats of epoxy. The meranti has a course surface similar to Luan underlayment, while the okoume has a smooth surface similar to birch plywood. It takes an extra coat of epoxy to fill the meranti grain.

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Re: Okume 1088 vs Meranti 1088

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mrintense wrote:
Tue Feb 11, 2020 10:58 am
Consider also that Okoume is lighter weight so this would reflect in a lighter boat. And as far as rot resistance, if the boat is properly encapsulated , and especially if it's a trailer boat, then the Okoume will probably not suffer from rot any more than the meranti. I've used Okoume exclusively on my Vera Cruise because of the weight savings. It is more expensive, but spread out over the time I've been building, not too difficult to manage.
Weight isnt something Im too concerned about, only needing 6 sheets. I was surprised to see the okume $17/sheet cheaper than meranti though.

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Re: Okume 1088 vs Meranti 1088

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Just an opinion but I find the okoume ply nicer to work with.
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Re: Okume 1088 vs Meranti 1088

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I was searching around the internet tonight looking for great deals on ply and didn't like anything I found but I did find Baltic Birch Marine Ply. Last year a Driftboat builder mentioned that I may find it on the east coast but he didn't say if he liked it. Have any of you used it.
I have to say that the quality of finishes you fellas put on your boats amazes me.

I want Exterior Fir B/C or A/B but it looks like it is not available any more.

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Baron

Where are you?

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Easton PA

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Baron

You and Antler need to put your location in your profiles. We can't help sourcing materials if we don't know where you are. ie. My advice in Alabama is of no use in England.

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Thanks. I’ll do in Am.

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Re: Okume 1088 vs Meranti 1088

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Bill, have you ever seen Baltic birch? Or heard of it?

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