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Old 31-03-2009, 17:46   #1
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Teak question

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My boat was left on the yard for a long time before and after I bought it, I cleaned the teak today with salt water and it is starting to look good, I am aware I won't reach excellent results just by cleaning thus I am considering replacing it with new teak.

I don't really want my boat to start looking like a clorox bottle by removing the teak however I would like to hear the pros and cons of having it or not.

Here is the teak as it looks today after salt water clean up:







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Old 31-03-2009, 18:09   #2
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A professional teak laid deck re do can cost you $50,000 or more depending on the size of the boat.
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Old 31-03-2009, 18:14   #3
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Thanks for your post, I cannot afford that therefore I will try to save this teak otherwise I will sadly need to remove it and paint the fiberglass in an unwilling effort to convert my boat in a clorox bottle
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Old 31-03-2009, 18:40   #4
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Teak is an amazing wood. There's a reason it's the primary exterior wood found on boats, it weathers better than any other wood. It's also very expensive and the quality of the teak generally available today is not what it used to be in terms of rot resistance. If you have no other issues with your deck such as leaks, staining, delamination etc. then simply sanding it will work wonders. You'll be amazed at what's just under that grey weathered surface.
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Old 31-03-2009, 18:48   #5
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Thanks Dan, I will take advantage of the fact that I am relocating my boat in Cartagena where the labor is very affordable and skilled and I will try to restore it there.
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Was in the yard the other day and was surprised to see the guys using Cascade, the dish washer detergent, and a soft brush. Apparently cleans Teak beautifully. Will use it on my Rhodes Reliant next month.
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Old 31-03-2009, 19:15   #7
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Thanks for the Cascade info, did you see the end result?
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Leave it alone!

Teak is meant to look like that.

Fantastic, soft, cuddly teak in its natural glory.

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I was expecting for your point of view dear Aussie

Say hi to the owner of SeaLife...
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Nah! She's at the wheel and we are motoring past this big tourist boat with all these half naked backpacker boys on it... so she's otherwise occupied. She can't hear when her eyes are in the Binoculars!


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Old 31-03-2009, 19:24   #11
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u are something else Mark
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Leave it alone!
Teak is meant to look like that.
Fantastic, soft, cuddly teak in its natural glory.
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Old 01-04-2009, 06:13   #13
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Thanks Gord I think I pass Mark's advice at this time and take yours

Thanks for the link as usual you are the man...
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Refurbish!!!!!

It is very expensive to replace your teak decks. Mine looked exactly like yours. I removed ALL of the caulking, routered all the seams, rebedded all the loose areas with thickened epoxy, applied Maritime Wood Products one component caulking, replaced all the teak plugs that looked stained with larger ones and sanded everything.

Now I use Semco Cleartone to protect my old teak. I also build a sunbrella cover for the whole thing, so when the boat is just sitting under the sun in the marina here in the caribbean, I leave the teak in the shade. To clean it use Cascade and then #2 component to neutralize the cascade.
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Thanks avasquez, looks terrific, can you post some pictures detailing the end result?

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