This is my first post on any forum.
My partner and I have recently purchased a new yacht (new to us that is) she is designed by Laurent Giles 1945 cutter rigged sloop. She is beautiful and we are both very pleased with her. She is a long term project for us and once complete we intend on living on her and travelling great distances. She is still at the boat yard of the nice chap we bought her from and he is completing the hull before we get her delivered home. She is presently in a saw mill, sheltered from the rain.
I am more than a little concerned about the deck, it comprises of a teak veneer on the original teak deck. The teak veneer is approximately 3/8" thick and is glued and stapled to the original deck, approximately 1"thick. Obviously both the original deck and the veneer run in the same direction. I find it hard to believe that the veneer will remain stable with the deck beneath expanding and contracting in the same direction. The work was carried out professionally by a boatyard previous to the yard she is at now.
The original deck below must have been in poor condition for them to consider laying a veneer over the top and in the fore peak it is visible that the original deck has been cut away and replaced with plywood as a base for the new veneer.
Where we have lifted the veneer (to fit a proper covering board and to access the Carlin), we found it impossible to lift the veneer in one piece, it's very well glued. However, where shrinkage has occurred the (presumed Sikaflex) joints have started to open in places. It may also be worth mentioning that the glue between the deck and veneer is not flexible.
I'm thinking this arrangement will always be problematic, with leaking and trapped moisture between the original deck and the veneer so I am considering lifting the veneer and laying a new deck over the top after making sure the original is stable and free from rot (the underside of the deck appears to be in sound condition).
I would really appreciate any advice offered as to how I should approach laying a new deck over the original. Please don't laugh, (as my dad did) but I had an idea that I could veneer across the original deck with teak (or much cheaper, and I have a large quantity of it, English Oak) and then to lay the new deck, again a veneer as was. Both new veneers would be mechanically fixed and glued. Crazy idea? Would expansion be a problem? I'm thinking the veneer laid across the grain of the original deck would stabilise the whole construction, almost like constructing my own plywood! My father thinks I should strip the veneer and sheath with fibreglass but my partner and I really do not want to do that.
I hope I have explained it all clearly, sorry for the essay!