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Old 05-23-2008, 10:54 AM   #1
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Can anyone tell me if there is any wood in the construction of my 2008 1800MX? The Maxum website says composite stringers and fiberglass liner but doesn't mention the transom. I'm assuming that the liner they mention includes the sole.

I know that there is at least some wood under the sole where the batteries mount and I assume the same around the seats but does the fiberglass liner sit on a full plywood deck?

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I've wondered this myself. When I was researching new boats I first started looking at Taylor as an acquitence has one that I thought was nicely equiped.

I ran across a message board that had thread after thread about how Taylor used balsa wood in the transom and how owners had big problems with weak transoms due to the balsa wood. I could never verify what Maxum used.
One guy did post about the Taylors that balsa was commonly used in boat manufacturing and probably not the cause of the owners transom problems.

Of course things get spread around the internet like wildfire. Take Bayliner reputation. An 18' Bayliner bowrider is essentially the same as the Maxum and the legendary Sea Ray but the bad rep steer many away from the name alone. But I digress.
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One thing I was told by a Bayliner/Maxum dealer is that the Bayliner has a wood sole (floor) covered in carpet and that the Maxum has the fiberglass liner with snap-in carpet. He also told me that the Bayliner has an angled windshield and the Maxum has the curved windshield. I've seen a couple Bayliners with the curved windshield so I'm not sure how accurate his information was.
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The Maxum dealer I bought my bought from sold Bayliners also and I couldn't tell them apart other than the appointments were upgraded but you could tell they came from the same suppliers. Boats builders build the hull and then screw on all the goodies from suppliers.

I closely compared the BL, Maxum and SeaRay 18'ers and the similarities were amazing. The seats in the BL were all white with blue piping, the Maxum had two color seats with a third color piping and the Sea Ray had three color seats with a fourth color piping. The bayliner had cheapish latches for the engine hood. The Maxum had a nice recessed swivel latch and the SR had an even better latch. And the lists goes on and on. I chose the Maxum as it had most of the premium bolt ons that the Sea Ray had but for 10K less. It's kinda like the GM model of old, Chevy = everyman car, Pontiac = same car but higher grade appointments and Caddy = still same car but with all the bells and whistles.
But this is getting away from your original post. Sorry!
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No worries, I'm open to talking about anything...

Ok, so it's not just me then. They definitely all appear to be very close to identical. I just emailed Maxum to ask this question so if I get a response I will post it here.
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Maxums use woods pretty extensively. I know they use wood in the keel as I've drilled holes in them and have the bungs to prove it. The transom is also wood I believe and then much of the internal structure is built with wood.

Used properly wood isn't a bad thing, it's gotten a worse reputation than it deserves in my opinion by the big wake board boat builders. One thing to note here is that a 20 foot wakeboard boat is 3 times the price of a 20 foot Maxum... so to expect the same level of materials is somewhat unrealistic....

So in answer to your question, yes your boat has a lot of wood in it, but no this shouldn't worry you. The internal stuff may rot out in 10+ year sbut its easy to replace. the encapsulated keel and transom should last many times longer....
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Having replaced the floor and stringers in one boat and had a recent boat in need of at least a floor and transom due to rot, I believe that the bad reputation wood has in boat building is warranted. In both of my cases, previous owners had modified the boats and not sealed things properly which allowed the wood to get wet and rot thus the reason I'm asking is that I don't want to cause some of the same issues in my new boat.

When it came to mounting the transducer I avoided drilling holes in the transom which appears to be a wise decision. Anything I can do to avoid rot now will make my experience with this boat last that much longer.

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That's one reason I haven't installed trim tabs. :wink:
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Sorry to hyjack the thread a little bit but on the subject of wood

On my boat where the battery goes its rubbed and exposed the wood any ideas how I can make sure its all dry before I re-seal it?
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Paint a little wood-rot treatment on there (get it in B&Q or similar). seems like just about the only way. the wood will be treated anyway though so I'd not worry too much.

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- Entirely my point - so long as the wood is used properly its fine. if its not sealed, or is allowed to get damp then that's a big no no.

On the flipside, compared to many rivals, wood is far more environmentally friendly and sustainable, has incredible sound deadening properties, high strength rate (even when flexed time and time again) and also should last 20-30 years minimum if used right - who needs a new boat to last longer than that?! The engines going to need replacing before the wood does in many cases.
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