- March 21, 2021 at 4:56 am#49042Susan KingHelmsman@beachgirl
There are alot of synthetic teak and holly choices for interior use now (and exterior decking). We are considering the two choices by Defender as Amtico is great but labor intensive. Any thoughts? It is suppose to last twenty years with no upkeep. We have had trouble getting samples to pick from.March 21, 2021 at 8:53 am#49043
We looked at Flexiteek when we were considering our new decks. What we liked about it was the different colours it came in and the fact it really did look like real wood. However we have since learned that this stuff gets super hot to walk on if it’s in direct sunlight. One of my earliest memories of an Amel was similar. Those synthetic decks are actually too hot to walk on (and they look plastic).
Your question, however, was about interiors if I understand correctly. I presume you mean to apply synthetic teak to your sole boards? In which case this is a good application of the material. Synthetic teak is hard-wearing, probably more so than real teak. Our sole-boards have taken a few knocks and therefore have many pits and dents that would have simply bounced off of Flexiteek.
I think we got samples from Flexiteek Australia or UK and I would definitely get samples before committing because different brands can look quite varied. I don’t know about other brands but Flexiteek can cut your boards to size providing you send templates.
Peace and fair winds!March 21, 2021 at 10:20 am#49044Susan KingHelmsman@beachgirl
yes, Jamie, for the cabin sole. I did read it gets hot on the exterior deck so good to know. Thankyou for yr response! Also, we have some wet areas above the salon deck which means cutting a section of the fiberglass out and digging out the balsa wood mess of compost and using coosa ,a new product to us. Any thoughts on coosa?March 27, 2021 at 1:24 pm#49106
I’d not heard of Coosa so I had to look it up, but it seems like a good composite alternative, and probably a better option than ply. I’ve used similar stuff in small areas around the boat, but not for decking. It shouldn’t rot and apparently, it’s half the weight, so it seems like a great idea. Plenty of sources and videos on the net so it’s a well-documented procedure.
Would love to see some progress photos and how you get on with it. Please feel free to post them up here. Good luck!
Peace and fair winds!March 28, 2021 at 2:35 pm#49120David JohnstonBosun@davidj
I know Island Packet has switched over to Coosa instead of plywood. The folks over at Onboard Lifestyle are huge fans of Nida-Core, and have it all over their boat. Here’s one video where Teal discusses it and demonstrates working with it. They also just built a massive hard bimini for their catamaran with Nida-Core (or something very similar): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BNfgntreTCMMarch 28, 2021 at 3:49 pm#49121
Good info. Thanks, David.
Peace and fair winds!April 3, 2021 at 4:24 pm#49131Werner LeuthmetzerNavigator@werner
Preamble: Nothing beats a yacht with a great looking Teak deck at a boat show! The same is valid for artificial Teak decks. But for me that is it. Everything else is a pain in the…. you know where.
I do not want to dive into a discussion which one is better than the other. BUT I simply want to point out that both are a nightmare in the tropics or any other place with lots of hot sunshine. I know many captains who have ripped off their Teak deck in agony because their yachts became a floating sauna. Teak decks are very good thermal insulator and your yacht has no chance to cool down during night time. The same is valid for artificial teak decks.
But as I had said at the beginning…nothing beats a yacht with a great, well designed teak deck….at a boat show. The decision is yours! 🙂
P.S.: pun is intended!April 4, 2021 at 3:12 pm#49159
Well said, Werner. I think most of you know our thoughts on teak decks and why we ripped ours off. Fortunately Susan is talking about the floorboards down below, which is a different matter. I’d love to see the finished product, I think they would look great.
Peace and fair winds!
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