This (among others) seems to be the perpetual discussion among boat owners with boats that have traditional material. I have a 25 year old traditional cutter
design custom build boat. The hull
is West epoxy
, the decks are 1.5" teak
, the inside is all oak and teak
. There are 3 hatches on the boat that are teak stripped and I have never found a suitable way to keep them clean and looking good with minimal maintenance
. I have the boat out of the water
for an extended TLC refit
and though it was time to try and find a solution to the hatches so I conducted an experiment
which involved taking 4 teak scraps and treating them and leaving them outside by the boat for 6 months.
The teak oil
and the lemon oil
developed unsightly mold
within 8 weeks and it has remained and increased throughout the experimental period. The antique oil finish has less mold
but the surface finish
has started to break down and would require application every 2 months or so. To my surprise the best performer was Thompsons water
seal with no mold developing and the only ill effect after 6 months is that the surface has dried and bleached a little.
The next step is to continue with the Thompsons, applying a re-coat each quarter and see how we go.
Any comments on alternate solutions would be most welcome.
was conducted on the Texas Gulf Coast
Image key, clockwise from top left Teak Oil, Antique oil finish, Lemon Oil, Thompsons Water Seal