On the Hunt for Boat Parts

Earlier today I was on the hunt for some “teak & holley”.  Not a full sheet (4′ x 8′) but, just a few feet of  1/4″ teak and holly veneer plywood.  My only requirement was that it match or rather line up with the original.  The original stuff on board our 1989 Defever trawler is teak 2 3/4″ with 1/4″ holley.  Unfortunately for me the the teak plywood I found at Strata Hardwoods in Santa Ana, Ca., was roughly one inch wider than the standard 1/4″ holley.

Note to self next time I plan on building a boat:  If you ever need marine plywood to build a boat or rather any type of exotic cabinet type wood then this place is for you.

At this point it appears that I will have to buy a table saw and make my own 2 3/4″ and 1/4″ strip dimensions of teak and holley, then just epoxy the stuff together and varnish the top with Epiphanes two part urethane varnish.

The other option is to pay $575.00 to have it done.  More to follow.


Post demo pictures.  Marine plywood subfloor is in place now, as is the new refrigerator.  The cause of the dry rot was a long time leaky refrigerator.  The demo, subfloor replacement as well as installation of the new refrigerator was accomplished in Portland, Oregon.  Presently (Los Angeles, CA) just waiting for the top 1/2″ teak and holley to close out this project.


So, once I received the $200+ credit back on my debit card for the 4′ x 8′ plywood veneer teak and holley that would not work I quickly noted that Minney’s marine supply was nearby.  Today’s list also included searching for new dock lines, spare anchor rode, a Mexican courtesy flag, a stay sail, a piano hinge and locking device for my trunk area.

Minney’s has a huge selection of almost anything and the place was busy.  Right next door is Dohl sails and I first made an inquiry about a stay sail for my trawler.  A stay sail or “steadying sail”.    Steadying sails are not for propulsion but, they are effective for stopping the trawler from rolling around at anchor in beam winds.  Dohl just happened to have a 9′ (the size of my mast height at the boom) X 11′ (length of my boom) sail made for a sabot with three fixing points on each end.  On the sabot this sail would be up and down or top to bottom (11′).  On the Western Flyer the top to bottom would be the (9′) portion of the sail.  I told the owner he had a deal if he would throw in a nautical belt and he agreed – another $100 spent.  Now to find an ATM as he still does not take any type of cards.  In no time flat I find a Chase bank and right in the same parking lot I notice a PHO Vietnamese soup kitchen.  If you know me then you know I love all kind of soups, year round, be it alphabet soup, to brocolli, chili, chicken, tomatoe, chowder, cioppino’s tortilla, or pho – you get the point.

After lunch right back to Dohl’s, then shop around a little more at Minney’s, then head home.  By around noon as I drove off I made note that I didn’t have my teak and holley but, I had my Mexican cruising flag, steadying sail, spare anchor rode and a pretty darn good looking sail loft built nautical belt + a full belly of Pho.