Date: 16 August 2015. StarBoard Stops.
In my stash of stuff I have a few
cubes of StarBoard. They have been tucked aside for a What If
moment, and just today I discovered I needed them. The few I had on
hand were just the ticket to solve a problem I had last year when
BOB let me down off Horseshoe Beach. The
Diagnosing a Blown Bearing
article tells the tale of woe regarding BOB, my
The Volvo died. I'm now
on the third engine in two years. Yes, my sanity is imperiled. And
no, I won't ever do this again! The Kubota from
Yanmar Tractor Parts
should last me a lifetime. I'm counting on it.
Beach is where the Volvo quit. It's on the west coast of Florida.
You see the seas started to kick up and I discovered a sad fact. The
area above the bookcase contained DVDs all sorted in alphabetical
order. Until the boat rocked really hard and they fell down. It's
disconcerting (to say the least) to hear a crash and be unable to
leave the helm to solve the issue.
I knew from that point on the shelf
was a problem to be addressed. And I had the solution at hand.
StarBoard (brand name) is
a marine-grade polymer sheet made by
It is pronounced Star Board (two words). Basically it never rots. You screw it together. It's
great stuff, and easy to cut too.
I use it when I want to prevent chafing. For
instance on my new shelf I do not want the stainless hinge
against the bulkhead. Thus I'll have a slender piece of
polymer as a cushion between the bulkhead and the hinge.
StarBoard comes in 4x8'
sheets like plywood. It is also available in a variety of
widths and cuts. If you've the room and purse, a full sheet is
the least expensive way to go.
You'll be able to find a use
for it, guaranteed. And too, it's thin so could be slid under
your mattress with ease.
On a boat it's not always what
we want. Often the biggest concern is where to put the item.
StarBoard is good to have on hand though not essential in my
opinion. You can always buy more. If you're like me you probably
will do so, sooner than you expect.
Years ago I found some cubes of leftover StarBoard in
a woodshop garbage pail. After retrieval I'd drilled a hole through
each. Seven of them were tied together with a string. I stored them
in my locker with the screws and bolts.
Finally just this week I figured a solution to the
DVD's falling. By
using three chunks of StarBoard I can prevent the red oak end from
sliding out. That was the initial point of failure so I'm hopeful by
eliminating that, I've solved the problem. Time will tell if I'm
These are my DVD's on top of the
Though I had them wedged in with the red oak side on the right, the
shelf still failed. The little slot tracks of teak at the top that held the oak were not
enough. The red oak slid forward and then fell. Crash!!! It was a
mess, too. (The tracks are more visible in the next large picture,
after the box.)
Side Note for the curious: That line keeps the DVDs
in place, usually. It's the leftover string from a hooded
sweatshirt/jacket. The slide clasp makes tightening the line a
Slide clasp keeps the line tight and DVDs in place.
The problem was when the waves kicked up the red
oak slid out and then everything fell down. To solve that I
StarBoard stops today. That's a fancy way of saying I screwed in
three chunks of StarBoard.
One is at the top blocking the
track so the wood can not slide forward. The second is at
the bottom and braces the wood in place. I put a third
near the bulkhead just in case the board decides to shift out back there. It can't do
so now. Knock teak.
And Scooby is very happy.
Scooby is an old favorite. He's been a Christmas tree ornament and now
sits up in the corner peeking out at my galley. I like having something of visual
interest wherever friends look. It's fun when they notice something
that's been there forever. And it pleases me.
That's what I did today, along
with a Job Creep that bit me on the transom. More on that, next.
Have you a stash of StarBoard?
It's spiffy stuff. Do you use the real-deal or make substitutions?
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