Thanks for the reply. I presume by 'margined' you're referring to the radiused border strips around the teak inlays? We put the border detail on our boat. It's true that many fake teaks don't bother with that detail, but a lot of production boats with real teak don't either which is a shame. I view that more as a quality of installation
issue regardless of material.
I do agree about the preponderance of waves & hollows - it's tough to get a good even surface and most installers aren't that skilled. We got ours entirely flat with thin ply boards weighted with batteries, anchors & bottled water
. But there is one small bit in the corner which has a wave - thankfully it sits under the cool box! But it does irk me.
You can't really sand out serious marks and spills, though we have spot sanded out small problems without difficulty. I've not had to replace a small part so I can't comment on that - but I think you're right that the sun bleaching would show it up.
What I do like is that I can throw crap on it and it doesn't damage it. And, if carefully installed (with borders etc) it looks a damn sight better than the white gelcoat
antislip which the boat came with.
To me the question wasn't "Is this teak" but rather "Is this a lot better than the white gelcoat
antislip". In fact, most people think it's teak - which as an architect always blows my mind as anything that isn't what it really is sticks out like a sore thumb.
And you know what, after a couple of G&T's in the anchorage, after a day of sailing even I'm willing to suspend reality...and chuck the dive tanks
on the (fake) teak. But, yup, nothing looks nicer than real teak!