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Old 05-05-2017, 16:01   #16
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Re: Most effective way to fair a deck?

Good to hear that kiwi grip will hide imperfections, I will definitely look into it. I guess sand vs kiwi is another thread.

I'm in France and most products are available to order.

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You said that you rejected the idea of synthetic teak decks, for economic reason. What was the product chosen?, An idea of its price?. I'm thinking of covering my own deck with this type of product.
I was quoted 400 euros + tax per sq meter for Flexiteek if I make the templates myself. The synthetic teak business seems to be in rapid development and I think prices might come down in a couple of years (and quality might improve). I will make the templates before mounting hardware and I can have it made at a later stage. A painted deck is more practical so it's purely for the looks. If I'm happy with the painted deck all is well, if not I can pull the hardware, sand off the non skid, mail off the templates, glue and rebed when I have the time and money. Should be a weeks work for two people.


If I make my own fairing board, what kind of hardness should I aim for? I can use leftover foam core on top of plywood, or should I go paper directly on plywood?!

I have now filled in all the minor notches and scratches from the initial fairing, will sand them down once cured and start filling every low point. I have at most 3-4 mm valleys. Once that is done I'll make the outline for the waterways and focus my afternoon there.

Thanks for the responses people. It's amazing to have gone from water sogged gaping compost holes to a neat solid deck!!
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I'm not familiar with door soon, googled it, kinda like thin plywood?

I have trashed one of the velcro pads for my orbital sander, I guess I could epoxy a piece of plywood onto it, or even sheet metal?
Door skins = cheap 3mm plywood. It's used to make cheap, light weight, hollow core doors in homes. Usually it's Luan in the US, a type of (faux) Phillipine Mahogany. And it's not usually rated for use in wet/damp environments.

I'd pass on the sheet metal. Too stiff. And if you ever dig an edge in, things would get REAL ugly, real fast!

BTW, there's a Whole Bunch of other threads on nonskid that include glue on products. Treadmaster alone probably makes a couple of dozen types. So there's no shortage of options.

You might want to make up some cheap test panels using a few of your top candidate nonskids. Better to test them now, & find one that you really like, than to have to redo your decks all over again. Including taking off, & then rebedding ALL of your hardware. Along with refairing everything.

Don't just make flat sheet test panels either. Cut out a large, round section of plywood & glue a half sphere to it's underside. And then put nonskid on it. Or setup your panels on an angle & simulate walking/working on them, etc.

I say as much having faired the decks of several boats, & it sucks. So anything I can do so that I don't have to do it twice, I'm all for it.
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I'm not familiar with door soon, googled it, kinda like thin plywood?

I have trashed one of the velcro pads for my orbital sander, I guess I could epoxy a piece of plywood onto it, or even sheet metal?


Having seen what a flying piece of door skin can do at that RPM, I think metal would be a bad idea. Too heavy, not stiff enough, and super dangerous, as well as the glue won't stick. Stick to door skin, it works. Sand the edges a bit to knock off the splinters after you cut a disc. It's old school, done it plenty.
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I never found teak decks hot underfoot during many years in the South Pacific. If you let them go grey it never seemed to be an issue. Warm but never hot.
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I just had my teak removed due to core problems and replace with non skid. I believe they used a long board and a lot of filler?

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Beautiful! What kind of non skid did you opt for?
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Beautiful! What kind of non skid did you opt for?
Its Awlgrip Griptex fine. We did the deck, deck house and cockpit with Awlcraft.
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Nice! Is that the LH38 that was for sale on the north shore of Long Island?
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Nice! Is that the LH38 that was for sale on the north shore of Long Island?
No. We bought this one nine or so years ago in Cambridge, MD. It was called Spindrift. Hull number 20, built 1982.
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Great boats. I worked in the Little Harbor yard many years ago. Probably saw your boat getting commissioned.
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Great boats. I worked in the Little Harbor yard many years ago. Probably saw your boat getting commissioned.
Perhaps we met. I shot the ads for Little Harbor. Steve Haesche was the art director. The 38 I bought was a ROBIN, first owned by Dennis Powers and called SWIFT.
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I dont recall Steve but at my age I am lucky to find my car keys . I worked in the Hood loft making sails. Great times. Sad to see grumpy Ted has passed but his legacy lives on in boats like yours.
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