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Old 02-08-2023, 16:12   #1
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Teak deck partial removal and replacement with fiber glass

Bula! We have recently acquired a Cardinal 46 CC 1990. It has a full teak deck. We have decided to remove the teak from the side decks and glass it. It is beyond repair, leaking, and prohibitively expensive and difficult to replace the teak from our base in Fiji.
We plan to leave the teak in the cockpit and on the cabin top down to the anchor winch. All still in quite good condition.
Tips on how to marry the two types of deck surface would be gratefully received. Any links to other threads on the topic of teak removal and glassing also appreciated. We do plan to engage a pro to do the glassing (from Denarau Marina in Fiji).
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Very solid flat pry bar and a dead blow mallet. Easiest way to get the old teak off. I stopped worrying about taking the screws out individually about an hour in.

Multitool to take the old adhesive off. Like shearing a sheep.

Good luck and may your core be dry as a bone.
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Multitool like ttex mentioned. We tried all kinds of adhesive removers and softeners first. Effort in futility.
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Re: Teak deck partial removal and replacement with fiber glass

Resawa aka Fiji Teak was an acceptable substitute when I re-decked in Lautoka some years ago.

Sawn dressed planks locally milled to my size requirements.

Price was 20% of imported teak.
Grain, oil content, colour and weathering characteristics closely matched plantation teak.

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For good searches type in “cruisers forum + subject” into google search. With whatever you are interested in replacing “subject”. Good luck with decks.
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Bula! We have recently acquired a Cardinal 46 CC 1990. It has a full teak deck. We have decided to remove the teak from the side decks and glass it. It is beyond repair, leaking, and prohibitively expensive and difficult to replace the teak from our base in Fiji.
We plan to leave the teak in the cockpit and on the cabin top down to the anchor winch. All still in quite good condition.
Tips on how to marry the two types of deck surface would be gratefully received. Any links to other threads on the topic of teak removal and glassing also appreciated. We do plan to engage a pro to do the glassing (from Denarau Marina in Fiji).
I am new to this forum but always struggle with the search function.
How did it go? How did it go with the Cardinal 46 CC? I have similar and about to face this same challenge.
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It really depends on the boat construction and methods used. Some builders glue and screw, some lay it into resin with fiberglass. If no fasteners are used, there are probably minimal leaks to worry about anyway. I bought a bought that had the teak bonded with screw and polyester resin. I ripped up half of the plywood subdeck trying to remove it. Never again!
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The most important element, Fiji, is whether the glass deck below is cored and has core saturation from all the leaks. If that's the case, you could be in for a real nightmare. A friend of mine has a CT56 that I'm going to help remove the teak decks in the future but his deck is solid glass. Most boats are cored. Good luck!
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Very solid flat pry bar and a dead blow mallet. Easiest way to get the old teak off. I stopped worrying about taking the screws out individually about an hour in.

Multitool to take the old adhesive off. Like shearing a sheep.

Good luck and may your core be dry as a bone.
This has been a common thread. F**k it and rip it off anyway you can because you're going to have to a lot of work on the deck afterwards there's no point being precious. HAHA

I am suspecting 5-6 wet core areas in mine when the time comes.
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