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Re: What do you have on your cabin sole?

Originally Posted by smurphny View Post
Have the original varnished teak/ply. It looks nice and nautical when it's newly varnished but gets scratched up pretty quickly. Doesn't take long for it to look crappy. Foot traffic and gloss varnish are two incompatible ideas. I think a nice, BRIGHT vinyl would be more practical. Can't imagine having carpet on a boat.
I wouldn't do carpet either, too much maintenance. But everybody is different. We love gloss varnish on the teak and holly sole(like a few do). It's been 13 years since I stripped and coated the sole. The gloss turns to mat in a few years but overall, it's still pleasing. We don't have traction problems in shoes or bare feet.

But most of all, the varnish is doing its job, protecting the wood and keeping it stable(solid wood sole coated all around).

In another season or two, I'll get around to a little sanding a few new coats of spar varnish.

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