IMHO fake teak
is horrible. I would rather have painted non-skid. The proper maintenance
for a wooden deck
. Remember holystones? The soft grain will wear away quicker than the hard grain. Then you have small grooves that retain water
and attract dirt . this dirt is abrasive when walked on and makes the soft grain go away and then retain water
.......... We sand the decks on fine yachts every year or so. The more often you sand the less material you remove. We installed a 3/8" thick teak deck
on a sportfishing boat that was used in charter
5-6 days a week. We sanded this deck
about every 6 months. (the crew would wet sand the covering boards with 320 grit 1 a week) This boat always looked perfect. The deck was completely gone in 10 years. Yes, there are decks out there that are 30+ years old. The vast majority of these are in terrible shape, are certainly not a thing of beauty and leak.
It is a simple job to remove the old planking and install new teak. You can make templates of doorskin and then build the deck in panels
at home and do the r&r on your next trip. You can either glue the planks onto a plywood
substrate or simply caulk the planks together and then glue them in place. We don't rabbet our caulk seams, we run them full depth
. Teak deck
planks in short lengths are available from Maritime Wood products in Stuart FL for about $3/ft.
There are many pictures of finished decks and decks in progress on my website. David