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Old 07-16-2013, 09:48 PM   #1
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Replacing My Teak Deck After 47 Years

My 1966 Grand Banks is 47 this year and the teak deck has lived a good life. She is old, grey, cracking, has dry skin and her joints leak. Her fasteners are coming through the top and the sub deck suffers the same lot.

In fact, the sub deck was never sealed except for the black glue they used between the teak and it. It's all going away this month and I am replacing the deck with European 12mm marine multi ply as the sub deck and their 19mm on top of that. All will be sealed first with penetrating epoxy and the underneath of the deck will be primered and painted before instillation.

I will use epoxy with fillers added for strength between the sub and top deck. On top of the top deck I will lay cloth and epoxy it in place with a radius to the cabin sides and bulwarks. There won't be any sharp corners.

This is a cell phone picture of the first teak removal on the bow. I had removed the windless and supporting block.
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Old 07-16-2013, 10:35 PM   #2
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Epic job, Capt! Are you working solo?

Keep us posted on the project as it 'unfolds'.
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Old 07-17-2013, 12:38 AM   #3
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Good Luck To You. I know too well how a two week project can turn into a two year project. Keep in mind how good it will feel when it is done, and approach each work day as progress. This is the stuff of boat ownership. If I had more money than God it wouldn't be as satisfying.
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Here's hoping the subdeck has maintained its integrity.
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Here's hoping the subdeck has maintained its integrity.
I read him as replacing that too. Big job, hope it goes smoothly.
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I read him as replacing that too. ...
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Old 07-17-2013, 06:49 AM   #7
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Thanks everybody. I am solo and there are a few friends who have volunteered to help. One came yesterday and helped me remove the windless and teak block it was sitting on.

This GB's deck was nailed on with boat nails and that's my hardest part to remove so far. I think I have to remove the sub deck. It is mahogany plywood and dry and brittle.
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Old 07-17-2013, 06:50 AM   #8
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did mine last year including the flybridge.....got everything done but the final touch up and topcoat before last winter trip south...will finish up this summer.

learning to get the deck up faster and quick removal of screws was an
on the job learning experience...at first I thought I could save some teak.

the other issue was plugging covering holes before it rained.
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I've wanted to do this job for a decade but we were living aboard then and that was just not compatible. Now that we bought a house, furnished it and paid that off including home improvements, I can finally start this. I think the planning and research I have done will pan out.

I saw another GB have this done plus talked to a third GB owner who had a boat yard do his. Those were done by cutting the deck next to the bulwarks and butting up to that cut. The one owner took his boat to Cabo San Lucas from here, Los Angeles, and the trip back, which is up hill pounding seas, broke the bulwarks free from the deck. He said the hand rails were not safe and he was scared to walk the deck in the seas.

GB said I need to go under the bulwarks. I have to take my rubstrake off and with a sawzall ct it from the deck.

I love boat projects.
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I've been living aboard (with partner and 60 pound golden ret) through about every major project a boat owner can do...decks, window replacement (all 16), bottom removal and reglassing, fuel tank replacement, still this summer/ fall...interior wall replacement, general refinishing, bathtub removal and replace with shower...and some more...

While doable...it can be a struggle some days....
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I've been living aboard (with partner and 60 pound golden ret) through about every major project a boat owner can do...decks, window replacement (all 16), bottom removal and reglassing, fuel tank replacement, still this summer/ fall...interior wall replacement, general refinishing, bathtub removal and replace with shower...and some more...

While doable...it can be a struggle some days....
I wooded the hull and soaked up 6 coats of epoxy on the bottom, cleaned out the above the waterline hull seams, soaked that also, re cottoned the hull, caulked and painted that, replaced the cockpit decking, water tanks and refinished the main saloon walls while living aboard. I had a Maine Coon cat also and he contracted renal cancer and you know the ending there. My first mate said no more chemicals while living aboard and we bought a house. We had adopted 2 kittens a year after the Maine Coon's death and a year before moving off.

It's a juggle and for my part, the wife's acceptance of work in progress was a hard one for me. She expected the boat to be pristine every evening she came home and no tools out. I failed that task many times.
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So watchya gonna put in after y'all pull it out?

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It will be glassed over plywood painted and nonskid.
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It will be glassed over plywood painted and nonskid.
Nice. Do you guys have kiwigrip over there?

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Yes.

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You ever used it Al?
I bought 4ltrs of it the other day to try out on my ski boat before putting it on AXE. Been raining here so have not had a chance to use it but by all accounts it seems to be the shiz.

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No I have not, Hendo, but I'd sure like to learn about it. My gray non-skid is looking a bit forelorn and is hotter than Hades in the sun. My hot-foot two-step would make an entertaining YouTube video.
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Capthead,
I did this on our last boat three years ago. I used the biggest pry bar I could fit into the space allowed. Getting the Taiwanese 5200 (black stuff) off was harder then getting the decks off. I finally settled on an oscillating tool with the scrapper blade. Biggest challenge was keeping things dry enough to dry out the core and then slowly filling with denatured alcohol thinned epoxy.

This is my major project for this winter on this boat as I hope to move her to Deltaville and shrink wrap her to do this and some other things.
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No I have not, Hendo, but I'd sure like to learn about it. My gray non-skid is looking a bit forelorn and is hotter than Hades in the sun. My hot-foot two-step would make an entertaining YouTube video.
I've not used it either but I've seen the finished product as well as seeing some YouTube instructional vids on it and it looks great. Ability to go on any subsurface is a bonus. I really like how it has a raised profile so you can make a feature out of it yet still have a functional non slip surface. From experience, one gives way to the other in most cases.

When the 2 pak has fully cured on the ski boat I report my findings and lessons learnt to you on how it goes. Fingers crossed it goes well as I have high hopes for its use on the big boat once I finish building it.

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