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I need to supply wood for a traditional bulkhead, with batten doors. What is a good wood species for this? There will be a lot of water. The old one was Eastern White Pine, which rotted away.
Cypress, Western Red Cedar, Redwood.
You could use a harder wood like mahogany but the weight would be a factor in that style of door.
Traditional interior ship lumber has been eastern white pine for many centuries (at least in the north eastern United States). Take the USS Constitution for example.
Yes,.. its' rot resistance is rated only moderate but it's widespread availability has always been the key.
If you're looking for authenticity in restoration, you might consider faithful replication over substitution.
Nothing ruins historic wooded vessels quicker than well-intentioned workmen with modern materials.
Thank you for your replies.