Type of Wood on a 1956 Trojan SeaQueen?

by Shawna
(Buckeye Lake, OH USA)

I have a 1956 it's a 16-17' Trojan SeaQueen Outboard.

It is is really great shape but there are some thin spots on the wood on the sides.

I wanted to know if anyone knows the kind of plywood that was originally used in my boat since we would really like to restore it as close to original as possible,

If original is practical if anyone has any suggestions they would be very much appreciated!!!

Thank you,

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Looking for plans for Trojan Sea Queen
by: Bob Jinkens

I have a circa 1957 Trojan Sean Queen which my family bought new.

I am looking for the original plans so I can rebuild it.

It now has a lot of dry rot.

Newport Beach, California
Bob Jinkens

Construction material used on a 1967 Trojan
by: Paul

Construction material used on a 1967 Trojan --- from original Trojan sales literature.

mahogany veneer
by: Tony

Back in those days mahogany veneer was in plentiful supply.

You could probably get close color match (I assume this is what you want to do) with sapele or meranti.

I think that a close enough match, showing that the boat has been repaired, is aesthetically pleasing, if the replacement wood has an attractive grain beneath the varnish.


Marine Plywood
by: Anonymous

Most Marine plywood will do.


Wooden boat forum
by: Lynn

You might post your question on the wooden boat forum:


Many of the members are very knowledgeable and will be glad to offer advice. It would help if you could post photos also.

Trojan SeaQueen Plywood
by: Mike

Hi Shawna,

When you say thin spots does that mean that the surface veneer/pile has worn through?

It’s just that if you want to patch it is difficult to get a good match that will blend in.

Even if you were to find a piece of the original plywood the new wood would not have been weathered to the same patina as the original.

And the new wood would tend to darken over the first few seasons, while the freshly varnished/stained original could even brighten again slightly.

You could use plywood with a surface veneer that is slightly brighter than the original but it isn’t an exact science.

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