The Ultimate Guide to DIY Teak Deck On Your Boat

The Ultimate Guide to DIY Teak Deck On Your BoatTeak wood has been used for centuries in boat deck manufacture becouse of its resistance to water penetration and moisture. The teak wood looks very nice even if it’s not shaped to a smooth surface, but it needs to well protected in order to last a long time. If teak is used on a boat deck, it becomes less slippery and teak wood also surves as a important structural elemnt of a boat beck, providing the needed strenght and elasticity on the other side.

To properly protect you wooden deck the teak wood should be covered with natural teak oil at least two times per year (three times is recomended). The natural teak oil makes the wood completly waterproof. If teak looks a little worn off you can also sand it a little bit and then cover it with special teak-cleaner oils to make it look good again.

It is recomended that you clean your teak deck frequently with water (drinking water is the best becouse salt water leaves white marks on the wood) after you return from your boat trip. Also the not so good side of teakwood deck is that it gets very hot very quickly when exposed to the sun, so be sure to wear your sandals.

The Ultimate Guide to DIY Teak Deck On Your Boat

Types of Teakwood

The Ultimate Guide to DIY Teak Deck On Your BoatTeakwood is derived from the teak tree, a type of birch that grows in tropical climates. The tree grows an average of 100 feet tall and sheds its leaves each dry season. The teak tree can live up to 100 years. Southeast Asian countries such as Indonesia, Mynamar and India are the main producers of teakwood.

  • Bojonegoro Teak - it originates from Indonesia. This type of teak is generally considered the highest quality exported from Southeast Asiaand provides a rich golden color. This type of teakwood is typically used in products such as floors and doors and hand rails.
  • Banuywangi Teak - Banuywangi teak is a second type of teakwood exported mainly from India and many choose Banuywangi teak over Bojonegoro teak due to the lower price. This type lacks the golden color.
  • Dahat Teak - Dahat teak is a rare variety of teakwood. Dahat teak only grows in the forests of Myanmar and is an endangered species. It is mainly used to make furniture.
  • Philippine Teak - Philippine teak is another type of endangered teakwood.
  • FlexiTeak - This is an imitation of teak wood and it is made out of tiny teak parts and epoxy resin. It is getting more and more popular in the boating industry, becouse it can last a long time with little or almost no maintenance.

Teakwood Grades

Teakwoods are given a letter-grade rating, which helps determine what specific type of teakwood should be used for items such as boat decks. Teakwood with an A rating is dense and heavy. The wood will not have cracks, splits or visible knots. Teakwood with a B or C rating may have some visible imperfections and be less dense than an A-rated piece. This is the same system that is used with plywood. The A graded plywood is the best and the C is not so good.

Installing Teak

The Ultimate Guide to DIY Teak Deck On Your BoatThere are multiple ways to install teak on any part of your boat deck. The most important thing is what you want to have. If you want a deck made out of real and quality teakwood or you are satisfied with the FlexiTeak version.

The easiest way to install a teak deck is to make templates (you can easily make them using 3D boat design software) of your boat’s deck and form the teak to match these templates (using a  large piece of teak board) or build it on a A graded plywood board. The second option is not so good becouse the plywood rotts quicker.

The Ultimate Guide to DIY Teak Deck On Your Boat

Teakwood boat deck on a plywood template

The Ultimate Guide to DIY Teak Deck On Your Boat

FlexiTeak or TeakDeck sample pieces of material

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