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Well, the best reasons to use teak on a bowsprit is because, a.) that's what we were replacing, b.) the entire structure of the bowsprit, i.e. the twin walkways, the windlass blocking, and the deck supports, are all teak, and c.) BECAUSE IT HAD WORKED FINE FOR 30 YEARS, NEVER HAD A STRENGTH PROBLEM, BUT HAD ROTTED, the one thing you said it wouldn't do.
Stay away from jatoba, also referred to as 'Brazilian Rose Wood' by those of us who've used it extensively on interior remodeling. It is extremely fond of splitting and chipping and no-one I know has yet been willing to risk it in the elements. It's hard enough to get varnish to stick to Ipe. Very hard, dense woods resist penetration by epoxies and finishes, resulting in early failure when exposed to ultraviolet. If you intend to paint with some of the newer two-part systems, however, you can expect good results from those primers and finishes. Varnish may yellow and peel within three months, or less.