Tartan 27' owner
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Artbyjody and all, sorry for the tirade.
Nothing personal was intended. Everyone finds their own way of dealing with their worlds. One thing I have learned is that I do not know it all. My post was really my opinion and not an attempt to force anyone else to take my viewpoint.
In fact, I was just reading something about Teak Guard, a polymer resin product I have not tried but sounds interesting. Google it for yourself.
There are as many opinions as there are AH's out there (and I am but one of many) so sorry if I "harshed anyone's mellow". There are all kinds of new products out there that claim amazing results and then there is the old school (which would be teak oil & varnish in this case). Frankly, I am kind of getting tired of the Tyranny of the Teak myself so, absolutely, to each their own in their own good time. I might have come across as a teak nazi but my point might have been stated less stridently with: "What refinishing methods have you tried so far?". I had no problem at all with your suggestion and even re-iterated it with "a simple cleaning with some mild detergent..." whereas you stated: "a mild detergent scrub".
I guess I sometimes get worked up over the exterior teak issue as there is a lot of it on my ancient 1967 Tartan 27' and most of you guys have it easier. I too am looking for some kind of teak finishing Shan-gri-La so sorry if I sounded excoriating or personal.
Teak, Ipe and other hardwoods are amazing woods. In my book they are all pretty wonderful for many reasons that do not entirely have to do with boats. As you noted, Teak was chosen by mariners through exploration, trial and error over time. It is amazing to think that sailors discovered that copper plating their hulls helped reduce bottom growth and that teak survived where other woods did not in the 18th century Teak is an amazing wood and they still use copper in anti-fouling paints.
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