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.
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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
I need a piece of starboard 2 1/4" thick by 24" x 16" How can I secure three pieces of 3/4" starboard together
It's recommended to use mechanical fasteners like stainless steel screws or bolts. You can use an adhesive like 3M Scotch-Weld DP8005 Acrylic Adhesive but won't be as strong as mechanical fastening.
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wanting to build a 42x17 thwarted bench for small boat. it will have 2 Â½ inch framing and bracing underneath. I will mount a pedestal seat recess mount in it, reinforcing in close proximity of the mount as well. Will the Â¾ material work for this purpose?tired of plywood rotting and warping and constant replacements....
Yes that would work so long as it's supported properly.
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I need to make a outboard motor mount for the back of my sailboat. Is there a starboard product for that?6HP 4 stroke motor. the block needs to be 12" x 12"
I made a diving platform for my boat with this material. 24" X 96" I used two boards of 3/4 bolted together and is excelent. If you do the same it will be more than enough for your small outboard.
I`ve used King`s starboard 3/4" for a floor in my sea ray, I weigh 200ibs.+ and it did not bend or bow-it is great product easy to sand, easyto cut--fairly pricey -but will not rot and does delaminate. Best price Ifound was at Jamestown-1/2 of West Marine, but don`t tell them that.Would be excellent for what you want. It has to be screwed togetherwill not take glue. I`ve made 3 radar mounts, a door for my whalerand mashy other things from it. hope this helps.
Alan Last Name
can it be epoxied?
No, not that I'm aware of. Little or nothing sticks to it.There is some special adhesive for sale that may work with special surface preparation, but I haven't tried it. I use stainless tapping screws and stainless nuts and bolts to hold things together. You can also use a router or other tool to make slots and tabs to help hold things together.
Short answer is not easily. There may be super aggressive (exotic) epoxies out there that can work, if you have the skills and equipment to work with them, but I suspect the bond you achieve will be primarily mechanical rather then chemical. Not much sticks to PE.
Sorry in my experience u can't glue it
Alan Last Name
Yes. That's what we did. And it looks beautiful
No. As far as I know there is nothing that will stick to Starboard and stay put. Even 5200 doesn't hold. Joining pieces together needs to be done with mechanical fasteners of some sort. I've used wood screws mostly, but thru bolting would be fine too. It holds screws pretty well, but not as good as wood.
What is the best glue for attaching scarf joints in a rub rail made from Starboard? I plan to replace a 23 foot x 3/4 x 1 inch rail which would be comprised of 5+ pieces.
Drew I have not used Starboard for projects with scarf joints. Sorry but my projects were for ladder steps and no glue was required.
capt'n jack (of all trades) capt'n jack
I have no experience using glue with Starboard. I've done all my work with bolts and tapping screws.
Hi, I have a 1978 StarCraft 14 ft. aluminum fishing boats. It has the original teak or mahagony seats which have been refinished many times. Now they are splitting so I am looking at using a King Starboard to replace three seats. They are about 11 3/4 inches wide and varying lengths up to 57" approximately. (3/4 inches thick approx.).Do you think this would be a could substitute for wood?Thanks for the advice.Chris
CHRIS DE GRANDPRE
This product makes an excellent replacement for wood in marine applications. However with a 57" span you will need a support to keep it from bending
Thanks for the information Malcolm. I appreciate the quick response.Chris
CHRIS DE GRANDPRE
Dear Chris: I have used it to replace wood in several applications. It is easy to work, doesn't rot and lasts. I've never painted it. EXPENSIVE!.
Hi Chris,I think Starboard would be a good choice to replace wood seats if the seats are flat. I've used Starboard for years and it doesn't seem to be affected by the sun or water at all, and needs no maintenance. As you design your Starboard seats, remember that 3/4" Starboard is pretty heavy material. You might get away with 1/2" Starboard bolted to some frame pieces, also made of Starboard, below it. You can't count on adhesive to bond well to Starboard so you must put your seats together with stainless bolts.George
To it's benefit, starboard would be rot and maintenance free, but it is heavy and not particularly stiff. If it was through bolted to the seat risers and maybe had a vertical rib underneath it should work, but I'm not convinced this is it's best application
Chris, Sorry for the late reply. The King Starboard I purchased was for a dashboard. Easy to work with, and filled the bill. I suppose with the correct bracing, it should work fine as a seat.
Yes, it should work ell with two notes. First I know of no glue that will stick well to it, so your assembly method will have to account for this. Second it will be slippery when wet.
Yes it's better than wood as far as maintenance you don't have to do anything to it except clean it.I have been replacing hatches and doors on my boat for about 5 years,it works just like wood with the same tools,it works for a lot of other projects other than marine I made bathroom shelves,fishing rod holders,just to name a few.The only drawback is the price but I think in the longrun it's probably cheaper.....Robert.
This is a great substitute for wood. Virtually maintenance free. I used this for seats on my boat. The longer lengths may need some bracing if the seats are not on a solid base.
GREG VAN NORMAN
If the Starboard would be supported along it's entire length, absolutely it would work for you. I find that if it is unsupported, over time with load it does bend and that looks unsightly
Maybe not. Over a longer span, the starboard sags under weight. It doesn't have the rigidity of wood. You might still be able to do it by creating sufficient support. Perhaps a few 3" strips of 3/4" starboard oriented vertically to provide support under the seat bench. I'd experiment with one seat if I were going to try it.
How much does a 24 inch by 54 inch piece of 3/4 inch starboard weigh?Thank you.Chris
CHRIS DE GRANDPRE
Not sure of the exact weight. It's heavier than wood. Probably about the same as plywood of the same dimensions.
GREG VAN NORMAN
how will this work trasom on a 15 ft. alm. boat using 3/4 in. on each side?
It works like wood. is stronger and doesn't rot.
I have been a Marine Mechanic for 32 years and have used Starboard for many fabrications. If you are planning to make mounting boards for an outboard that will work great if your transom is still good. If you are planning to replace the transom with starboard I have not done that and would think the attachment to the aluminum would be very tricky.
I found Starboard to be a fine material where rot resistance is a prime concern. But it is soft, weak and heavy compared to composite materials and it can't be easily bonded with adhesives. I don't think I would use it to build a transom. If you want to cover your existing aluminum transom, e.g. to attach an outboard motor without denting the transom, it might work but I would probably prefer something stronger and harder, like fiberglass or wood.
Will 3/4 starboard warp or twist if used for cuddy doors? They are probably about 14" x 54" or so..on a guess. They would be on hinges only. The existing cuddy doors are wood and wrapped with aluminum and I'd rather not reapply the aluminum edges..
Hi Dan,I used my 3/4 starboard laying flat on the deck to provide support for an above deck gas tank, so I cannot address your question by my application. The material is easy to work and seems very stable. The manufacturer of Starboard, King Plastics website shows photos of cuddy doors like you describe made out of starboard so you are probably ok.I suggest you contact them directly for further advice.
I have used 3/4 for doors and had no problem with warp or twist
3/4 inch should not bend. It is great stuff and able to be cut and sanded like wood. I use it for countertops in the camper.
Cuddy doors are a great application for starboard. It does not not warp and they will keep their shape forever in all climates. I have 3/4" Starboard for my cuddy cabin doors and other areas of the boat. Though it does not have the character of wood, It is the best material to use when you want strength and no maintenance.
GREG VAN NORMAN
I've used 1/2" Starboard for doors on a powerboat and had no problems with the material. Currently, I'm using 3/4" Starboard for hatch boards on a sailboat. I've had no warping or twisting. I love that it stands up to the sun and weather. However, it is very heavy.
I think you'll be pleased with the stability of this stuff. I suggest going through the effort to tap for machine screws if your hinges are edgeset, or through-bolt face mounted style
Can I paint starboard with Pettit Easypoxy, and will it stay on?? I want to use it for 2 hatches on my Four Winns, plywood just doesn't last.
I don't think paint will adhere to the starboard. It does have a fine texture on the surface, but it has a waxy feel to it. Maybe check with the manufacturer to see if it's possible using a special primer.
GREG VAN NORMAN
I can't speak for that particular Pettit product but I can tell you that Interlux Epoxy PreKote does not stick to starboard
No, I don't think that will work. Basically nothing will stick to it.
While I used Starboard for hatch boards on a sailboat, I didn't paint it so I can't answer your question. It has done very well for the hatch boards.
I havn't had much luck keeping paint on this stuff, I figure that's why it comes in different colors
Very good product, easily machined, stable.
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I have bought this product before and will buy it again.
Used this as a platform on which to install pedestal seats in our Avon RIB. Made a clean, clear installation with no obstructions.
A River Rat
Guttenberg, IA and Cape Coral, FL
I will buy it again when needed
I use it to build steps on a sail boat.
Better than I expected
I was looking to replace part of the engine cover on my '88 Chapparell which was made of teak plywood with a thin veneer, which was peeling. I found the King Starboard and ordered it hoping it would fit the bill. What I received was the perfect solution to my problem. Does not need to be painted, will not rot or mildew, and it makes the perfect cutting board to fillet fish. Looking for other areas on the boat where Starboard can replace wood.
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I used this product to create a new hatch cover and doors. It was very easy to work with using ordinary wood working tools.
Baten down the hatches
Hatch cover on boatStrongWeather proofTextered
The Starboard was perfect, made strong
So far: made a swim platform with hand hole slots and cutting board for boat grill. also used hand hole cutouts to turn some fishing lures
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Work done in Vero Beach, Fl.
Strong, weatherproof, easy to wok with.
This product is a good substitute for wood in wet areas. Can be worked like wood but is impervious to water. Very durable. Also very slick.