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Old 02-22-2015, 07:55 AM   #1
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varnished teak decks

Every now and then, I'll see a trawler on yachtworld with some kind of treatment on the teak decks. I don't know if it is varnish, oil, or some kind of magic deck goop from West Marine. Anyway, I was curious if this stuff would be beneficial to the teak in the long run. Here is a link to an example of this kind of deck:

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Old 02-22-2015, 08:59 AM   #2
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Greetings,
Mr. sbg. One word if using the boat in FL-HOT! One word if using the boat in the PNW-SLIPPERY! Yes, it looks marvelous and if you want to burn your bare feet in the sun or pay for your orthopedic surgery after your fall, go for it.
As I'm sure others will chime in, best treatment for teak decks anywhere is a regular scrub down with salt water. NOTHING added afterwards. An untreated teak deck is the best non-slip surface one can get IMO.
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Old 02-22-2015, 09:47 AM   #3
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I own an antique with original teak decks.

Don't touch the teak with anything except salt water!

Don't scrub the teak at all! Use a soft cloth to apply the salt water.

Besides that, leave the teak alone!
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Amen Amen!

I would never think of doing it on a boat I owned, I love the natural teak for both look and feel and simolicity of maintenance, but some people are more obsessed with looks rather than practicality. In that case the only thing I've seen work halfway decently is Semco's sealer:

http://www.semcoteakproducts.com/semco_products.htm
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Old 02-22-2015, 11:39 AM   #6
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This is funny.

Thread title says it's about varnish. Five threads so far and nothing about varnish. All off topic. Not complaining .. just think it's funny.

SBG,
Looks like a non-gloss varnish like product like Sickkin's (sp?) with some stain added. I mixed my own teak oil in Alaska and was acceptable up there. Didn't keep it up down here in WA so it turned black. My wife used hydrogen peroxide, baking soda and apple cider vinigar to remove the black. We went back to a traditional high oil varnish.
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Varnished decks have a place on certain boats. Classic Chris Crafts are one example (decks may be mahogany in these cases). This works because most of them are kept in boathouses out of the elements and UV that can break down a bright finish pretty quickly. Also their decks tend to not be "working" decks. They are rarely walked on other than to occasionally set an anchor. But they are a bad idea for cruising boats like most of us on this forum have.

There are finishes like oils, Cetol, etc. that some people put on teak decks to maintain that new-teak look. That may be what you've seen. These are also bad ideas in the long run for several reasons.

Care of a teak deck has been the subject of numerous discussions on this forum over the years. You can easily find these discussions and posts in the archives if you want more information on the subject.

I took the photo below at a classic Chris Craft rendezvous.
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A friend of mine had a sportfisher at Sabine Pass marina several years ago. He was very proud of his teak. He used Cetol religously on every inch. The cockpit sole was teak. This is on a fishing boat mind you. I never fished with him but apparently after enough people had busted there a$$ on the slippery deck he bought some rubber mats. Fish blood and Cetol is not a good combination. Even without the slime when it was wet you couldnt stand up on it in any thing but flat water. And it was that goofy lookin orange color.
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If this helps....& I do understand that some prefer varnished teak, so no offense intended. I'm just more old-school...

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The previous owner of our boat used Cetol on all of the decks. We are allowing nature to strip it for us.
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Does the captains chair look like that also?
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It looks like cetol maybe . I like teak decks left natural and kept clean. I like teak caprails varnished . The only thing if anything I would put on teak decks is Semco . It's kinda like Thompsons waterseal for teak . It probably would only last one season .
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Since we're posting gratuitous teak deck pix...

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Old Grand Banks here. Allowing decks to go natural after a terrible attempt by PO to varnish. As for cap rails I am using golden schooner by west marine and it is easy to repair scrapes and dings by simply sanding a bit and re-applying with some mineral spirits mixed in. Decks never again for all the reasons the others have brought up. The rails are worth the efforts for the classic look to me.
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The previous owner of our boat used Cetol on all of the decks. We are allowing nature to strip it for us.
That's our plan, with bouts of light scraping as it peels off. Problem is, I was interviewed for a documentary and one of the shots is a low angle along the top of the companionway hatch, through a forest of Cetol flakes flagging in the wind...how embarrassing!
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Does the captains chair look like that also?

Okay I'm being ridiculous now but YES. Captain's chair is also original...

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