Marine plywood suppliers
I am restoring a merlin rocket(2127) Could anyone give me contacts for marine ply besides Robbins, Kayo & Bantons and preferable around the London area.
I am afraid that I only know of Robbins these days. I suspect that various members will be watching this thread with interest and I would be grateful if the responses were not limited to suppliers in the London area. I would advise that, when ordering, specify the number of ply's
A little bit of 'google' research
Try Dolphin Quay Boatyard at Emsworth in Hampshire; I have bought the odd offcut from them and seem to remember them telling me they have a cheaper supplier than Robbins.
I have always used Robbins but I am about to order just one sheet of Ply and their delivery is more than the timber. I am also in the London area so if there is one That would be handy.
James Latham - they probably supply Robbins. Although Robbins supply highly selected panels whichare suitable for varnishing with high quality face side.
Getting interesting. We used Bruynzeel ply (as did Spud Rowsell) some years ago but contact dried up when Bruynzeel seemed to pull out of the UK. This was top quality and was available with different facings. I have just done a little search and found that a company in Scotland - Hully Marine in Dumbarton suggest that they supply it. I also looked at the Bruynzeel web site and sadly, they no longer list the 7mm thick sheets, this everyone used for the hull planks (to ensure that bthe 6mm rule was not broken). However, they may make some to special order - worth asking if you want to build a complete hull.
Rod & Jo Sceptical
When I had to mend 1620 I couln't find the original Bruynzeel Regina, but a 6mm version with somewhat different layer thicknesses.
Its a hike for you, but kjhowells in poole is where I got mine, Drove there with the wife, hired a van in Poole one way, she drove the car back . £50 a sheet, 3 ply, crown cut, sapele through-out. LLyods stamped, no voids. Outer layers around 1mm thick (4mm overall). Fairly pleased with. Havent found any voids. It is hard to find the right quality, and worth the effort at half the price of Robbins (IMHO). Very good selection of other timber too. Given time to browse, emptied their rack and picked the best, they were cool with that.