Synthetic teak deck

Discussion in 'Materials' started by dmc, Feb 14, 2005.

  1. dmc
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    Does anyone know of any synthetic teak decking material? We would like to put sythetic decking on the cockpit seats and transom.
     
  2. hoagey
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    hoagey Junior Member

    Google tek dek
     
  3. cgorton
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  4. Slipstream
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    Slipstream Junior Member

    Tek-Dek is highly rated

    Practical Sailor ranked Tek-Dek the best of the synthetic "teak" decks. It's also the least expensive + 10yr UV and stain warranty. It running about US$30sqft for decking and all adhesives

    check out www.tek-dek-international.com
     
  5. alloyed2sea
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    alloyed2sea Junior Member

    Who's counting?

    Did the comparison myself and am going with Tek-Dek. Looks the most "real".
    $30per sq ft aint cheap however. (Unless you compare it with REAL TEK of course :rolleyes: )
     
  6. Slipstream
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    Tek-Dek

    Compared to teak, $30sqft is a bargain, considering lower installation costs, and no necessity for much, if any, maintenance. Plus it has a guarantee. By the way, that price includes all the adhesives too.

    You're right about the appearance; it does look authentic.
     
  7. Island Teak
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    Island Teak Junior Member

    Teak

    I am certainly biased.

    Why would anyone choose fake teak ? In my opinion a piece of poly being poly is quite acceptable, but if you like the look of teak wood use teak wood. A cubic zirconia is fine for the wife, but for your boat ....it should be authentic !

    Real Burma teak,not plantation thinnings, vertical grain, 3/16" x 1 1/2 is available for $6.65 per sq. ft..

    regards...Ken
     
  8. alloyed2sea
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    Because it looks just as good as the real thing and needs no maintenance and wears better. QED.
    (Sorry but the age of regular TV is over).
     
  9. Island Teak
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    Hello Aloyed2c

    You're right, the age of regular tv is over....but, how come there's still nothing worth watching ?

    I expect that you understand my point.

    Let's agree to disagree ;-)

    regards....Ken
     
  10. RThompson
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    Yeah, who needs old growth forests anyway...?
    Clear fell, burn, and concrete the lot I say! :idea:

    (said from the safety of FRP manufacturing - and thats REAL good for the enviroment)

    :D

    Rob
     
  11. Raggi_Thor
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    A few years ago I read that 4% of all "rainforest" (flexible term) that "vanish" is actually used for woodworking. The rest is burnt or left to rot. Of those 4%, how much do you think is used in the marine industry? Most of it is used in the building industry locally.

    Without becoming too political:
    500 years ago many thousand square kilomteres of Norway was covered with pine woods. Now it's "mountain plains" because we cut it down and sold it to Holland and UK. Now, Burma (Myanmar) is not a country where the workers seem to benefit much from export of goods. But I don't think Norwegians that are not able to leave as much as 1% of our woods untouched (as natural "rainforests") should decied what people in Asia or Africa is doing with theire forests (or elephants),

    Phu!
     
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  12. alloyed2sea
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    Oh, I do.
    When it comes to my boat, only the best will do.
    Especially since I do half the work and don't want to DIA (do-it-again). :rolleyes:
    But, seriously, you cannot tell the difference.
    I've stepped onboard boats with TEK-DEk and genuinely thought it was real teak. Itz an incredible product - have you actually seen the results?
    Rather expensive, but very easy to work (no multitude of diamond tip cutting blades, respirators or bungs necessary)
    Consider: This is not a paid advertisement.
     
  13. Island Teak
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    Island Teak Junior Member

    Yes, I have seen synthetic teak decks.

    I was at the Vancouver Boat Show awhile back and went aboard a fancy trawler... because, from a distance it appeared to have teak decks. I stood there ....trying to understand what I was looking at. It was brownish, I will give it that. In my opinion, it just looked like the owner cheaped out on the decks and that made the whole boat look 'suspect' ...where else did he cheap out?
    This particular boat was for sale....still is.

    It's like most things, if the person does not know what he is looking at ...it will pass for that person.

    ....sort of like TV....if you are the kind of guy who liked watching 'three's company', you will love watching reruns on 20 of you 1000 station universe.

    .... sort of like wood grained aluminum siding.

    .....sort of like wood photo finish on cheap wall pannelling in the mobile home.

    (please add a smiley face)

    However, I am certainly biased. I resaw teak into boat decking, also a former log house builder...geez, what can you expect?

    Regards...Ken
     
  14. alloyed2sea
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    Itz the Real Thing (Minus the calories)!

    Well, the term "synthetic teak" covers alot of ground.
    Some look like absolute doo-doo (ex - Marine Deck 2000/cork-based); however, TEK-DEK simply does not. The rest of my boat interior is solid mahogany and teak. So itz not like I'm against real wood - just real work which the boat already requires in copious amounts.
    Give me an opportunity to skip a work assignment and color it "SOLD". :p
    For anyone considering new decking - you can read more about the alternatives here:
    http://www.tek-dek.co.uk/
    http://www.teak-deck-technology.com/about_tdt.htm
    http://www.powerboat-reports.com/pub/17_9/features/5478-1.html
    http://www.flexiteek.no/category.php?categoryID=53&folder_ID=8
    It really is the wave of the future.
     

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  15. Island Teak
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    Island Teak Junior Member

    My goodness, Sir !

    Your defense of synthetic teak decks had more validity prior to showing those images!
    You did not do that to YOUR boat, I trust.


    I am not such a purist that I do not see the advantages of fiberglass or aluminum hulls. I have no problem with having PLASTIC decks or plastic house siding. In my opinion...attempting to qualify 'plastic' with the appendage of 'teak' is simply a ploy to persuade the uninformed.

    I believe we are back to agreeing to disagree.

    Best regards...Ken
     
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