Restoring Cockpit Sole

Discussion in 'Boat Design' started by Michael Clark, Mar 27, 2019.

  1. Michael Clark
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    Michael Clark New Member

    Hi, All! I have a 1963 Owens Sea Skiff and I want to resurface the cockpit sole with a nice wood and nice white caulk stripes (maybe I'll go darker with caulk). I've been told that teak is the way to go, but this is a working person's cruiser -- not a Chris Craft. So I want to maintain that down-to-earth (or down-to-the water) quality. I've been told that Oregon pine is an option (Douglas Fir). Right now the sole deck is plywood with a vinyl striped covering (I forget the name, but it's well known).

    Any thoughts? I want to get some color on the cockpit deck, and thus teak's greying quality is not what I want. If I use teak, can I stain it? Is that a crime against nature?

  2. Blueknarr
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    Blueknarr Senior Member

    Welcome to the forum.

    1st all wood will grey with age and exposure.
    2nd teak is often stained to maintain it's color. So nothing sacrilegious there. However, many stains damage the caulking.
    3rd teak is very hard and makes kind wearing decking, which is heavy.
    4th fiir is lighter, softer and prone to splinters.

    Have you considered cork or faux cork?
  3. gonzo
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    gonzo Senior Member

  4. Mr Efficiency
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    Mr Efficiency Senior Member

    I like the vinyl idea !
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