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Old 11-07-2013, 09:10 PM   #1
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would you buy a used trawler with teak decks?

Lets say you were shopping for a 40' trawler, late 1970s or early 1980s, and you found one you liked. If it had teak decks that appeared to be in good condition, would the teak decks be a deal-breaker for you? Does your current boat have teak decks?
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Old 11-07-2013, 09:21 PM   #2
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Ours is a 1985 PT38 Sedan, deal breaker - no. Teak everywhere and love it.
Of course it has a house......
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Old 11-07-2013, 09:31 PM   #3
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Ours is a 1985 PT38 Sedan, deal breaker - no. Teak everywhere and love it.
Of course it has a house......
I can see why you love it, Mike. She's a beauty.
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Old 11-07-2013, 10:01 PM   #5
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It looks like even the barn's beams are varnished!
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Old 11-07-2013, 10:07 PM   #6
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Not a speck of varnish, way too much work.......Cetol. Beams are bear but dry.
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Old 11-07-2013, 10:29 PM   #7
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Lets say you were shopping for a 40' trawler, late 1970s or early 1980s, and you found one you liked. If it had teak decks that appeared to be in good condition, would the teak decks be a deal-breaker for you? Does your current boat have teak decks?
Back on thread. You are in Seattle, it rains a lot? Good 30-40 year old decks would be rare unless the boat is covered. Plugs fail, screws and failing caulk let water into the real deck. You`re safer with original f/g decks, or a painted f/g redo, but it won`t look as good. I`d want to be sure the teak, the plugs, the caulk, and the deck substrate really are ok.
I had mine redone, paint on 2 new layers of f/g fwd, new teak on 1 layer elsewhere for covered areas. Takes time, and it costs.
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Would you buy a used trawler with teak decks?

Not me. I have too much teak as it is and I also keep my boat in a covered slip. I have kept up the varnish on the hand rails and caprails, but the doors and window trim are in need of attention. If I had teak decks, I'd have even less time to boat and more deck worries.

I DO like the look, though.
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I prefer wood only in the interior, as in my present boat. A teak deck wouldn't be a deal breaker on its own, but it deserves "negative points" in my decision matrix. I originally ordered the Coot with teak over-lay on the steel deck, but changed my mind to save the expense and grief so as to spend money on a great-sounding airhorn.
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Old 11-08-2013, 12:26 AM   #10
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Ours is a 1985 PT38 Sedan, deal breaker - no. Teak everywhere and love it.
Of course it has a house......
Beautiful teak!
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Old 11-08-2013, 12:31 AM   #11
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Wow, it sure would be nice to be able to put my girl in a house when she's not out to pasture Nice work
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Old 11-08-2013, 05:08 AM   #12
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Beautiful boat. Teak looks so nice, it does take work, I guess that's the cost of looking good!
I complain every few years when I have to varnish my hand rails and sign boards, however when done they look so good.

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Old 11-08-2013, 05:55 AM   #13
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REAL teak decks are no problem.The can be repaired/resealed as required .

An overlay of teak on a plywood deck with a thin layer of GRP is simply a maint hassle waiting to happen.

IF woodworking and GRP repair were my hobby fau teak would be great, it would keep me bust chasing rot for years , even decades..

I leave the dock to do my boat recreation , so genuine teak probably not for me , but a fau teal overlay job , NEVER!
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Old 11-08-2013, 06:43 AM   #14
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I love your teak deck picts!! Thanks for sharing.

In New England: Having been a full time boat yard worker for my teens and early 20’s, serving as a yacht refinisher/restorer during 1960’s and early 70’s (when most boats were still completely wood throughout), I can greatly appreciate the look and feel (mental as well as tactile) of finely finished marine wood. Your boat’s wood finishes look simply beautiful!

Being a boat owner who likes to perform my own maintenance as well as to have MUCH TIME out on the water cruising and hooking and swimming... exterior boat-wood is not on my agenda... even though I dock in covered slip!

That bridge captain’s chair got real strong magnets for feet?

Please share more photos of your beautiful boat!
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Old 11-08-2013, 08:35 AM   #15
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Over the course of three years searching for my boat I saw dozens of "Leaky Teakies." Big headaches in most cases. I settled on mine largely because she had the teak removed and decks professionally glassed over some years earlier. While that's what I and many others prefer, having teak decks is no deal breaker in itself in my opinion; however, you want to be very cautious in your survey. Good luck!
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Old 11-08-2013, 10:04 AM   #16
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Hi, It depends on the real state and also the Thickness and quality of teak if it is Burma teak,

Also depends in your love for beauty and time for taking care of.

Just an advise after 8 years sanding and using oils or protectors: Do not use any. It will not last more than three months in tropical waters.
It is much cheaper to learn to love the grey colour...
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Old 11-08-2013, 10:40 AM   #17
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The Eagle has teak decks/trim uncovered moorage in the Seattle area. Teak decks would not be a deal breaker if the decks are sound, and you are willing to maintain them. Teak decks give plenty of warning signs, so if they fail its not the deck fault is the owners fault for not fixing/maintaining them.

Every September I inspect/fix/maintain the teak decks as the decks are dried out, shrunk and is the time the decks will show signs, pushed up/missing plugs, caulk pulled away from the teak strips. I also re seal the decks each September with Daily’s Sea Fin, quick brush on and let dry as additonal protection.
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Please share more photos of your beautiful boat!
Thanks, more photos on the boats website at http://www.rochepoint.ca/...
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Old 11-08-2013, 11:28 AM   #19
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Covered slips are an expensive upgrade in our neighbourhood and my cap rail is enough of a chore to keep up. Teak decks would definitely be a deal breaker for me. Don't need the worry or the work but they do look nice.
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Lets say you were shopping for a 40' trawler, late 1970s or early 1980s, and you found one you liked. If it had teak decks that appeared to be in good condition, would the teak decks be a deal-breaker for you? Does your current boat have teak decks?
No I would not buy a older boat with teak decks.

In my opinion there is simple too much risk.

Couple hundreds of fasteners, a balsa core and 30 or more years and you have a recipe for a huge repair bill down the road.

When we were looking for our next boat we wrote up a list of wants, needs, deal breakers. Teak decking over a balsa core was high on the list of deal breakers.

Please understand, I'm not saying all teak decks are bad. I'm not saying that all teak decks over balsa are bad. What I am saying, is to us, as prospective boat buyers, teak decks over balsa represented too much risk.

For us...

Fiberglass over balsa was acceptable
Teak over synthetic coring was acceptable
Fiberglass over synthetic coring was preferred.

That's one of the reasons we bought our Bayliner 4788

No balsa anywhere. All coring is synthetic.
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