Originally Posted by LakeSuperior
So then why did you decide to remove the teak with the teak being nearly maintenance
free and the paint
on the deck needing work every couple years? Plus teak is by far the best no-skid on the planet.
I replaced a split plank near the cockpit
and then I thought I ought to replace its brother alongside. Then I made a pig's ear of cutting the curve of the new plank and thought, "by the time I've sanded it down, the new planks will be just as thin as the old ones". So an executive decision was made to pull the whole lot off.
In areas of heavy traffic it came up nice 'n easy. Other places, like the foredeck and stern it was a bastard. OK I could have replaced with new teak, but I've got better things to spend my money
on, like a new mainsail
. As far as that plastic stuff is concerned, I'm inclined to agree with an old boat builder
I met recently who stated "That plastic teak sticks out like a whore in church!"
Here's a couple of photos of the process.
I decided to cut round the cleats
, fillers, etc. With a Fein Multimaster and tackle the rebedding at a later date. Otherwise, I'd have a gazillion holes through to the core
and I could not have done the job outside. When I'm really bored I'll lift