I have removed all the mahogany trim from my 2 starboard side main cabin windows aft of the pass door. I did this because there is a lot of dry rot and it seemed too much to fill with CPER and epoxy filler. Some past owner has been here before me as evidenced by the presence of SS tracks on the forward window and plastic tracks aft. The trim surrounds were attached with OVAL head bunged fasteners with both slotted and Phillip's heads. Certainly not OEM. My boat is a very early FG boat.
1. I need to make new window frames and have located some mahogany that is 1 1/16" thick dressed. It seems ideal. Has anyone used Starboard or is there some other magic material to recommend?
2. The glass seems to be 2 sheets laminated together and is coming apart at the exposed edge. If I elect to replace it should I spec tempered or laminatedglass......lexan? I live in sunny Florida. Is there a tint spec that you might recommend?
My window trim rot problem seems to have been caused by having the entire house (and window frames) painted with AwlGrip with out any caulking at the junction between wood and fiberglass. The natural movement of the wood caused cracks which allowed water to enter and rot the wood unseen. I discovered an egg shell corner of paint with no wood behind it. I have been told by Interlux that their 2 part paint should not be used over wood for this reason. It is much harder than one part BriteSide they say.
I am also repainting the entire house, fly bridge and deck. My boat is 42 years old (GB42 #360) and the gelcoat failed some time ago and has the appearance of alligator skin with spaces (wide shallow cracks) between pencil eraser sized islands of intact gelcoat. The previous owner sprayed a heavy coat of AwlGrip over this and even painted out some of the teak trim which cracked and lifted.
Interlux has suggested that I lay on 3 coats of PreKote which is a heavily filled primer sanding with 220 in between and 320 on the third coat. Then 2-3 coats of BriteSide rolled and tipped. I have done own side of the flybridge at this point with the 3 coats of primer and it looks pretty good. Remember that my boat is 42 years old. Ten years ago I painted my 1973 Cape Dory 10' dingy with this method and only one PreKote and she still looks good.
Any advice here?
'73 GB 42 CL #362
Punta Gorda, Florida