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The previous cedar battens had made their time.
Located in Thailand, I decided to give a go at bamboo.
Made a few mistakes but learn a lot along the way, so far so good.
Hi, it looks nicd,but aren”tyou afraid by the baambou pins in your feet?
Unique! It doesn't look comfortable on bare feet though. Bamboo is amazing material. My personal direction is toward solid decks aft (cockpit area). Bamboo has a low rot resistance compared to cedar or cypress. Sealing against water intrusion is a questionable practice IMHO....... as I've seen in the past that sealing seems to be more effective at keeping moisture in than keeping it out ;-(. With bamboo at least the grain is very linear, and that should present a natural resistance to intrusion over the length of the pieces. I'm in cottonwood country, and it is like a great big straw, sucking moisture in from the ends. I have virtually no experience with bamboo, but it looks like it similarly would draw from the ends.......... I'd naturally be obsessive about sealing the ends with epoxy.
Levi, I'm impressed, you're very ressoursfull.
Great idea. Bamboo can last quite a few years in Thai climate it is cheap and renewable. There are ways to increase its longevity. Were in Thailand are you sailing?
I looked into bamboo when making my decks, but ruled it out because it has very low durability.
There's enough low durability built into the designs, no need to add any more.
Thanks - it's the great unspoken.