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Old 01-03-2015, 23:41   #1
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New Deck, Which Wood?

Any suggestions as to which book on deck renewal stands out above the others? I'd also like to know if there are any alternatives to costly teak. What about grade A select fir, does it just deteriorate to quickly when exposed to salt water? Here comes another even dumber question.... cedar holds up well in wet conditions but is very soft... guess that rules our cedar?

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Re: New Deck, Which Wood?

In timber country there are many houses with Douglas Fir floors. Cedar would probably require some sort of barrier coat. Many old commercial fishing boats have fir deck planking. Partly because when they were built, there was nothing better, like fiberglass or plywood. The wood is oiled and the seams caulked and sealed.
This boat was built with straight grain fir deck planking, but it has plywood and fiberglass over it now.

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Thanks Lepke, know of any book that would be useful interms of redecking? John
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Re: New Deck, Which Wood?

Many work boats have Fir decks. Not as good as teak but a good compromise.
I have seen a couple of boats with cork. The owners loved the practically of them but they take some getting used to visually.
I'm hearing lots of good things about Kebony, which is a treated Maple with properties closely resembling teak.

I faced a similar dilemma a year ago but in the end went with teak...
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Re: New Deck, Which Wood?

The traditional wood used in mediterranean, is LARIX. It is heavy, very oily, and will last without any kind of protection for years. It is reddish, but will turn to grab in time. If you take care of it, you can expect 30+years without problems. There are many species of Larix, but they all have more or less the same characteristics. Once it gets the grey coat on, it will be very hard to distinguish from teak, unless you take a very close look.
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Re: New Deck, Which Wood?

Iroko, Afromosia & Ipe are 3 you might want to check out. It's pretty much impossible to justify using teak unless it's for a small repair. Crazy expensive.

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