King Starboard is the original marine-grade polymer and the industry standard. It is the product of a proprietary process called K-Stran, the most advanced manufacturing process available for producing consistently flat continuous sheets. King StarBoard is easy to work with using standard woodworking tools, and design changes are a snap.
In addition, the installed cost of King StarBoard is less than teak, other common marine woods, and fiberglass. Plus, our large sheet sizes maximize your yield. Boat buyers appreciate King StarBoard's low-maintenance finish. Repair and refinishing due to weathering and decay are eliminated, and cleaning is easy. Available in White, Black and Seafoam.
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Environmentally stabilized - withstands the harshest marine conditions
Won't rot or discolor like teak and other solid woods
Won't delaminate like wood laminates
Easy to work with using standard woodworking tools
Matte finish on both sides to hide scuffs and scratches
Would this material work well as a replacement for 1/2 marine plywood floorboards?I'm not really worried about aesthetics...
I don't think it would have the strength of 1/2 ply.
My primary use for this material has been for dash boards, console panels and light equipment mounts that are constantly exposed to the weather. This is a dense durable plastic material that won't rot or absorb liquids. It is easily to use for fabricating mechanically fastened parts using standard wood working tools. The sheet surfaces are smooth on one side and lightly textured on the reverse. Personally I wouldn't use it for flooring as it would be very slippery when it is wet. It is generally heavier per square foot and more expensive than a equal thickness of a good quality properly sealed marine grade structural plywood.
I don't know the answer to this but it would be quite expensive. In our boat shop we use ply and "paint it" using epoxy mixed 50/50 with acetone. The acetone thins the epoxy and allows it to soak into the pores of the wood resulting in a waterproof surface that can be painted. Caution any holes drilled into the ply after treatment must be painted with the mixture.
Yes, quite happily I would imagine
Its a little pricy and it might be slippery when wet. Plastic also will bent if the floorboards support a weight across a span. It will last forever.You may want to order a smaller piece to give it a try before ordering a huge amount.
Is this good material for floor replacement?
I have used it for stern seats and hatch covers. Both get walked on and seems to be just fine. If your floor is well supported then you can use the thinner material. If not I would use some of the thicker board.
I wouldn't think so. It is quite soft and would wear fast.
Personally I would not use this material for floor replacement. Although the material is waterproof and can be worked with standard wood working tools it has a lightly textured smooth surface. Because it is a plastic, it can be very slippery when either dry or wet.
I assume you're considering using it as replacement flooring in a boat.I think it would be durable; however it has two disadvantages when compared to fiberglass. First, it's not as strong, so when used as flooring, it would have to be well supported. Suggest you get a piece of 1/2" material and stand on it with the supports about 18" - 24" apart. I think you'll find the Starboard deflects significantly. Secondly, Starboard is relatively heavy. Replacing an entire floor in a boat would add a significant amount of weight, and that is never good in a boat.Just thought of a third disadvantage. Starboard is expensive!!Good luck.OBTW, I used Starboard to make a relatively small door, so none of the mentioned disadvantages came into play.
will star board hold paint ?
I haven't tried but I doubt it. Mechanical means are the only way to bond anything to starboard. Not even epoxy or caulk.
I've never tried to paint it. I use it in high wear areas to avoid paint maintenance
I painted Starboard with Home Depots Behr paint last year in a light traffic area. The paint shows no sign of problems at this time.
I haven't tried it, but I doubt it. It's high density polyethylene. Nothing sticks to it.
Nothing really sticks to it. You can't really glue it either. It has to be mechanically fastened.
Can it be glued together?
Not very easily. The board is made from HDPE which is unusually chemically inert. There may be some exotic epoxy that would work, but generally you should plan to mechanically fasten it.
It's high-density polyethylene. Completely inert. Gluing has always been a problem. Jamestown did not let me include a link in my response, but I did find something promising. I googled "glue hdpe". Do that and look for the Tap Plastics site. One of the top hits.
Think of it as a thick cutting board.. You can handle this like wood, drill pilot hole and screw if necessary. I used it to replace my rear entry door. I put a hinge down the one side, never split. It can be sanded and routed with a router.
No...must be maniacally fastened.
Can you use stainless steel staples on this product? Would this be a good use for replacing rotten wood on the back of seats?
Star board is very hard, don't think a staple will penetrate very well. Usually fastened with predrilled screws. It won't rot but is very hard.
I have fastened starboard with screws, it is soft enough to cut with woodworking tools but screw holes must be pre drilled. In my opinion it is too hard to drive regular staples manually and stainless is typically softer. You may be able to staple pneumatically I. E. Air nailer but the smooth fastener would be more prone to pull out. If it helps some of the cushioned panels on my boat are fastened over a plastic backing called kydex which is waterproof but softer and easier to cut and can be shaped with heat. It may not be structurally sound enough for seating. Marine plywood can be covered with epoxy resin and would be fine upholstered put is more expensive by far. It depends on the exact application, potential cost, and projected lifespan. Even untreated marine plywood would last longer than ordinary plywood, but again it depends on the application. The seats on my boat are made of plastic but the cushions attach via small straps with stainless snaps that attach with a screw to the plastic. Male snaps are available in stainless with screw fastener and females are crimped to the fabric. I hope this helps best of luck
I used 1/4" long stainless staples in an Arrow staple gun with no problem. 5/16" would probably work if the upholstery is fairly thick. 3/8 didn't drive home and sometimes they buckled.
Hi, are the king starboard is HDPE? Can I get a sample of the seafoam and the white? I would like to parched round 20 sq feet of the 1/2" Thank you
Yes, it is HDPE. I googled this... 'is "king starboard" HDPE' and found many websites confirming that, including AMAZON.COM. Can't help you with the samples. :-)
I need to make new rudder and centerboard for a 9' Dyer Dhow. Is 1/2" starboard rigid enough for this purpose. Also, is it buoyant? Will they need ballast to keep them down?
I bought to make a cover for water tank under v-berth and is strong enough to support a person on it. Unsure if floats. Works like wood.
1/2" Starboard feels about as stiff as 1/2" plywood.I've never broken a piece of Starboard to compare its breaking strength with that of plywood, but I suspect 1/2" plywood is slightly stronger.With respect to buoyancy, the Starboard is definitely denser than plywood, but it's slightly less dense than water; i.e., it is slightly buoyant. Based on how it floats, I'd estimate its density to be 85-95% of that of water.Sounds like it would work for your project. You'll enjoy working with it. It cuts, drills, shapes, etc. just as well as or better than plywood, and it has no splinters! It also doesn't have to be painted! Only downside from my standpoint is its cost.
yes it is very rigid and NOT bouyant.
I made a rudder out of 1/2" starboard. It is on a 15' skiff. It flexes a bit, but does not seem to be a problem. Turned out to be very tough. I dragged over an oyster bar which scratched it up. Cleaned right up with sandpaper. Wood would have been splintered. Think it will work for you on the rudder, but centerboard may flex too much.
can I use on floor out side?
John AI don't know for sure, but it seems quite soft for use as a flooring material.I used it for an instrument panel and it works nicely with woodworking tools and seems to me to be roughly as hard as soft pine or spruce.David H
I don't understand your proposed application . The product is durable and weatherproof , but it wouldn't make a good floor.
Yes, but the surface is only slightly textured, so it would be slippery when wet. Try Trex; it's probably better suited.
Where can I buy starboard in Pensacola, Fl.?
Judy,You can get it from Jamestown Distributors in RI, they will ship it to you
Probably at any boat supply store. Try the internet; you'll save, even with shipping charges.
Can this material be used as a replacement for 1/2" plywood used as a backing for the swim platforms on my 1999 Crestliner 2160 Eagle? The conditions are wet and it does not lend itself to drying very easy.
It should work as a backing to replace plywood. Keep in mind that it is not non-skid and is slippery when wet. Also it will probably flex more then plywood but it is very strong.
It could be used, however keep in mind no glue or adhesive will stick to starboard.
I would think so. It is totally tough stuff that machines beautifully and holds fasteners. I think you are best with through fasteners although it does seem to hold screws well
Sure can. Wont split, rot or crack.
Easy to work with ply substitute
I bolted two thicknesses together to replace 1" Ply grab-handles.
Doug the Auzzie
This is an awesome product
This product made an outstanding fish cutting board.
"Good value for its size"
I used this product to mount my GPS and VHF radio to and then mounted everything to the center console. A friend has a hydro-cutter to cut out the pattern, which is easier than cutting with a jig saw. You have to keep the blade cool when cutting this product.
very good product
used this product to make a fish cleaning station. cost me 200 bucks total instead buying one for 600.
Panama City, Fl
King Starboard is great. Easy to use.
Cuts and routers like wood. Anything you can do with wood, you can do with either King Starboard or Seaboard.
San Antonio, Tx
Better than I though it would be!
I was almost afraid to tackle my problem area until I came across King Starboard. I was able to cut and shape it by using ordinary wood working tools. I was really surprised at how easy it was to work with this product.