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Old 05-12-2011, 09:29 AM   #21
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Phil Fill wrote:95% of the teak decks problems is because the owner did not maintain them as they give plenty a warning and over long periods of time.* As for the vanishing its a lot better than mowing/weeding/gardening and painting a dirt house.
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.*Its the teak wood that give the Eagle is appeal/character.*
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*I agree about the decks. I agree about varnishing vs mowing but I am doing both right now...I need to fix that and not by selling the boat. Teak does give character for sure, no doubt about that.

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Old 05-12-2011, 09:32 AM   #22
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*I agree about the decks. I agree about varnishing vs mowing but I am doing both right now...I need to fix that and not by selling the boat. Teak does give character for sure, no doubt about that.

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*Right on.* The boat's for entertainment.* I have enough work to do already.
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Old 05-12-2011, 09:40 AM   #23
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*Walt,* Seahorse's teak looks great do you maintain it yourself? Did she come with those S.S. cowl vents?**

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Thanks for the complement, John, but I hire out the varnishing. (Also the washing & waxing) Yes, the cowl vents are original equipment.

I decided about 5 years ago that I wanted a single engine, dark hull, wood trimmed boat & that I would hire out most of her maintenance. It's no difference than owning a classic, cream puff 57 Chevy.

"Beauty is in the eye of the beholder" and to me, she has great lines and deserves to be kept up.

I had an inspection team from Maine, last February, go over her and take several cruises but as of late,I'm still waiting for their report.

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Old 05-12-2011, 09:47 AM   #24
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Did she come with those S.S. cowl vents?*** Looks awesome!* JohnP
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*Some would appear to be.
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Old 05-12-2011, 10:19 AM   #25
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koliver wrote:Walt, how much do you think you could get for your boat with Starboard trim bits where all of that gorgeous wood is now?
Ken:

I have no idea how much my boat would sell for but I know it's not enough to cover* a suitable (to me) replacement vessel. I must admit to not knowing what "Starboard trim bits" are.
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Old 05-12-2011, 10:50 AM   #26
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RE: Getting rid of the wood

Well it seems that there are*several schools of thought on this subject.

If you are like Seahorse and can hire the maintenance wood is good.

If you have a lot of time on your hands and like doing the work wood is good.

If you like to use the boat and just keep her clean wood is bad.

I am in the last one I have enough to do with all the system checks and*general maintenance. and just keeping things organized. I would mutch rather just go play than spend all that time sanding, rubbing, painting/varnishing.

I have to agree wood looks nice if maintained but most often boats just don't get the care of the wood that's required. So a walk thru the harbor shows many a need for refinishing.

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Old 05-12-2011, 11:31 AM   #27
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RE: Getting rid of the wood

As the saying goes -- "Whatever floats your boat." I'm in the process of buying this boat (http://www.yachtworld.com/boats/1987.../United-States) and am looking forward to making the teak decks, exterior teak trim and the all teak interior look as good as it can get. I have restored every boat I have owned (and most of the houses) and just love the transformation into maximizing potential, even with all the hard work which may not be, ultimately, financially rewarded.

There's something about doing this kind of work that "floats my boat" so doing it is my personal reward. On the other hand, if it's not satisfying to you to do this, it makes perfect sense to look at any and all alternatives.

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Old 05-12-2011, 11:49 AM   #28
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RE: Getting rid of the wood

Here in the Pacific Northwest, the best (and almost only) season for varnishing is also the best (and almost only) season for cruising! I hope to leave as soon as all the preparation is done and not return from SE Alaska till October. My varnish is in need of a full overhaul, so I am going to let it flake off and see if I like the gray teak look. I saw another Taiwan built trawler in my marina with gray teak window frames, and I liked it. I really cannot afford the thousands of dollars needed to pay for varnish work and my boat is for cruising, not for being a marina queen. If I really don't like the look, or its time to sell, then I can sand and varnish.
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Old 05-12-2011, 12:28 PM   #29
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As the saying goes -- "Whatever floats your boat."

Dvd,* Good Luck with your new boat,* I checked out a Newburyport a few years back and really liked it.

However you handle your wood maintenance, I am sure you will enjoy your purchase.

Whether you take Walt's approach or Dude's or somewhere in between, it is all good.

My boat has a varnished transom, caps and rails,and nameboards.* I can hand sand and 1 coat it in a few hours, usually start when the dew drys and finsh before lunch.

I do this Spring, Mid Season, and Fall. That keeps thing fresh here in the NorthEast ( not quite as nice as Seahorse, but okay)

The teak eyebrows are left natural, and the bridge trim needs work.You learn to pick your battles.

Have a great Season with your new Trawler.** JohnP
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RE: Getting rid of the wood

Originally ordered my Coot with teak-topped deck, but based on comments from this forum I had*decided to drop that option, thus saving*on maintenance, hot decks, and*lots of*$$$.
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I had an inspection team from Maine, last February, go over her and take several cruises but as of late,I'm still waiting for their report.
Ay, Aye Sir! Sorry about the late report sir! Here it is: +. On a 1 to 10 she's an 11.
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Nice boat good luck with it**
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Ay, Aye Sir! Sorry about the late report sir! Here it is: +. On a 1 to 10 she's an 11.
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Old 05-12-2011, 07:07 PM   #34
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RE: Getting rid of the wood

SD and Mark:
Yours are the only boats represented on this thread that wouldn't look their best with varnished teak rails and window trim.
Walt: You don't need to know what "Starboard trim bits" are. You are doing everything right just now. Keep it up!
For the rest of us, some prefer to ignore the wood when it calls you, others hear the call and respond to it, with wondrous results.
And I, for one, wouldn't ever want my wife to read that I didn't think the maintenance of her beauty was worth it!
My boat reacts the same way. She is a jealous mistress.
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Old 05-16-2011, 08:42 AM   #35
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Some Of the Starboard trim replacing the wood.

This was a first trip after a winter on the hard.* She was sitting next to a rail road depot pretty dirty. 84 Bayliner. You get the idea.

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Old 05-16-2011, 09:34 AM   #36
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Does the smiling girl consider herself "starboard trim"?

Keith,

I disagree. All boats look better w natural finished wood trim.
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Old 05-16-2011, 09:42 AM   #37
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At the trawler Fest there was the Malinhide trawler that someone post a picture that as a 11 as all hear wood exterior and even the decks were vanished.* The windows/glass where beveled and most had etchings on them.** It was definitely a show case boat.**
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Two of my many criteria when boat shopping was no teak decks and as little exterior teak trim as possible. I had to give in a bit on the second part.

When I'm sanding and varnishing, I wish I had less exterior teak. But the other 95% of the time, I like the character and warmth of the wood. To me, it's a reasonable trade-off.


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Old 05-16-2011, 03:17 PM   #39
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Fly,

You're boat looks really nice in the picture** ...so nice perhaps you're overdue for a new avitar. Very very nice looking Californian. Also, in addition to my gushing about your boat I agree completely w you on the brightwork. I enjoy mine even w a bit of gull poop on it. And lots of time mine is a bit sticky w oil. Still worth it.


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Thanks, Eric.

BTW, I prefer to think of gull poop as nature's patina!
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