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    Default Synthetic Deck Materials?

    Thanks to all who commented on my previous question about mahogany veneer planking (3/16") over plywood on my Owens. What do you all think of some of the newer composite teak materials? That might be a good solution for me, as this lovely little vessel (26' Sea Skiff) is more working-class than elite. I'm wondering if a teak alternative substance might be the way to go.

    Thanks again! Still learning.

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    Like fake fake teak? No experience with the stuff but I have a natural bias against fake.


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    Default Re: Synthetic Deck Materials?

    Iroko is a very good substitute for teak. Much cheaper, looks almost identical, not quite as oily as teak so a little easier to glue and finish.

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    I have nothing against new synthetic materials as long as it looks like what it is, not something it’s not. Fake teak is like wood grain contact paper on a toaster. If it’s more workboat than yacht, nothing wrong with solid color painted finishes.

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    Agree with Iroko as a replacement. The fake plastic teak i could not live with, rather have a painted epoxy ply deck.

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    Although there's no question about the real thing, on a 26 ' long boat, weight has to be considered. I've seen this product used on a similar boat, and the look isn't so bad, light weight, anti-slip.
    http://www.seacork.com/page/anpage/enindex.htm
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    Default Re: Synthetic Deck Materials?

    Forumite Deke put some kind of synthetic decking (or, I guess floorboards) in his lovely Pathfinder build. Looks great, low-maintenance. Not sure what it is or the cost.

    Search for "Pathfinder build in FL keys."

    [IMG]deke's deck by Michael Owen, on Flickr[/IMG]
    "near it, a small whale-boat, painted red and blue, the delight of the king's old age."

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    I went to the harbor this afternoon and talked to my friend who made his deck whith the cork teak ersatz. He drove me to another boat (22') who had the deck redone with another product, iziteek.
    https://www.isiteek.com/
    The result is really bluffing.
    The job has been done 5 years ago and looks pretty good.
    It needs to be done in two halves out of patterns, then glued on deck.

    Last edited by Rapelapente; 11-06-2018 at 02:45 PM.
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    What happens when water finds its way under the plastic from just one little leaky fastener? And what's the point? It's like sticking wood grain vinyl on your fridge.


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    Sorry, but even from the pictures, one look and you know it "Isn'teek."

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    Default Re: Synthetic Deck Materials?

    Those plastic teak decks look especially good on those plastic boats with the moulded caulking seams.....in for a penny.....

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    Default Re: Synthetic Deck Materials?

    Quote Originally Posted by skaraborgcraft View Post
    Those plastic teak decks look especially good on those plastic boats with the moulded caulking seams.....in for a penny.....
    And those silly looking sailboats with the rollbars over the cockpit....
    If youre gonna go with plastic, go with epoxy and dynel

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