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Old 13-04-2015, 10:09   #1
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In praise of teak

I just removed my old solar panels that were installed between teak brackets. These are about 30 years old, 26 years in the Caribbean, and they were always exposed to the weather. They were maintained by the previous owner for 22 years, and they were probably maintained a little better than I have done. Over the 7 years that I've had the boat, I've washed them a few times, and applied at least one coat of cetol, maybe two; more on the grain ends. The detail photo shows the condition of the wood in general, with a hole where there was a washer and screw installed, protecting the wood surface. Where exposed, there has been some erosion of the grain, maybe from vigorous scrubbing/ brushing, some from the weathering process. I plan to sand these substantially, apply some treatment and re-install. I expect that I'll get another 30 years of life out of them. Comments welcome.
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