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Old 10-04-2013, 08:59 PM   #21
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My boat came with good teak decks but if I had my choice I wouldnt have them as they are a constant maintenance item, re caulking, fixing splitting planks, cleaning, etc.

Drilling into a good fiberglass deck to lay teak just doesnt make sense to me, I like the flexiteek myself even if its hot under foot especially as its glued and not screwed.

There is a beautiful Grand Banks near me and they have a flexi teak rear platform and fiberglass walk around which works well.
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Old 10-05-2013, 06:27 AM   #22
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Rum, Cane Cutters Cordial, the elixir of the gods and the working class brings out the thinker and the fighter in all men.
A well thought out decision sir.

can't wait to see the completed project.
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Old 10-05-2013, 08:11 AM   #23
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Congratulations on your progress and your decision, Fernando!

As you realize, we don't build or own a boat for practical reasons.
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Old 10-05-2013, 09:11 AM   #24
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My boat came with good teak decks but if I had my choice I wouldnt have them as they are a constant maintenance item, re caulking, fixing splitting planks, cleaning, etc.

Drilling into a good fiberglass deck to lay teak just doesnt make sense to me, I like the flexiteek myself even if its hot under foot especially as its glued and not screwed.

There is a beautiful Grand Banks near me and they have a flexi teak rear platform and fiberglass walk around which works well.
Sorry KwKiwi, but you are a bit out of date. Teak decks are glued down now - not screwed. So apart from the cost, there is no major negative in terms of leaking, splitting, or undue maintenance. I think Portuguese has made the right decision, and for the right reasons, if cost is not a major factor. If I was ever in the position to afford a new boat, I'd want teak decks myself.
Must try one of those Cuba Libras myself.
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Old 10-05-2013, 10:35 AM   #25
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Here in Australia we actually don't use Teak for decks but we use Queensland beech or King Billy pine.
When I was building my boat I had the option of having a laid deck but due to the fact that I am a hard core fisherman I chose fiberglass over ply.
The laid decks while lovely ( and we use 1" thick planks) they do stain when the blood and guts are flowing and therefore take a fair bit more maint to keep them pristine.
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Old 10-05-2013, 04:33 PM   #26
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It is my firm wish to somehow, get as many as possible of us together with some samples of that sweet and gold Venezuelan rum. Cacique 500, Aniversario or Santa Teresa Reserva Especial, these are the sailors companions. Just 1 or 2 a day is more than enough, to keep you from taking unwise decisions.

Kiwi, There's no more teak decks screwed. Today, high tech glues are better then screws.

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