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post #13 of Old 03-07-2011
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Teak Decks

The teak decks were fine in the cold climate of San Francisco, one year in Mexico did them in. We removed almost all the decks and only keep the area under the windlass just forward of the staysail. We replaced with Imron LPU with Awlgrip poly beads. Decks are now 9 years old and look great. One bennifit that we noticed was our ambient temperature inside the boat was 7 to 8 degrees cooler with the white LPU decks. The teaks decks absorbed more heat. We spent 2 summers in the Sea of Cortez, one with and one without. White is a much cooler color. Decks are cored with foam and we needed to fair the deck once we removed the teak.
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