colleagues are on the mark. I sailed for many years on the Great Lakes
where salt water
was hard to find, and though fresh water rinses do help a bit I used a product called Dalys SeaFin Teak Oil. It's not well known but available on-line, and is well respected by some in the Lake Erie/Ontario boat maintenance
community who turned me onto it.
I have seen more dumb things done with teak deck maintenance
on boats that anything else, excluding those activities whose genesis involved rum
. I say, if sailing on salt water
, one should follow dockhead's (advice unless selling and sprucing up for appearance's sake). In fresh water or for the aforementioned pre-selling beautification program use Daly's, which can be ordered online, and recoat every few months. It's an easy job, looks great, and keeps the decks non-slip without affecting the durability of the decking.
Some folks believe that a real salt
won't put a drop of oil on a teak deck
and that those that who do are showing themselves as newbies or dandies, thus requiring one who does to endure the odd knowing dockside sneer from one of the 'experts'.
I applied it every year on Lake Ontario
for 4 of the 5 years I lived there and regretted the one year I didn't do it. In the 10 years since returning to Halifax
done it and the decks seem no worse for wear, but I do have to say if I were awash in cash I would pay someone to do it.
Just don't put something stupid like Cetol on it or you'll be watching the pretty transom of your C&C
from the water as she sails
away after the seasons first squall.