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From what I've seen, there are three basic ways of caring for your...ummm teak.
1. Varnish; sunlight will deteriorate the finish and it'll have to be re-done every year. I haven't seen a varnish yet that'll last more than one year, and even Cetol seems not to last more than two. Each time you re-do the finish, the teak will get smaller and smaller as you sand away the outer layer. Apparently, sand in your...ummmm teak isn't very pleasant in the long run.
2. Teak oil; you'll have to put on another coat every time you wash the decks or atleast once each month. For those of you that like that slick look, this fetish may appeal to you.
3. Bare; easy to maintain (scrub off the mold/grime with each wash). The teak will weather to a whitish color. You may loose the outer layer of teak every now and then depending upon how much algea/growth accumulates between each wash and how much you have to scrub. Eventually, the oils will be removed enough that the teak will crack and split...and nobody likes to see cracks when you go bare.
Basically, from what I've seen...teak on the outside of a boat is a high maintenace item if you want it to look good. But, this is true with everything in life.
Me...I've allowed the varnish to flake off of my teak and have gone to the weathered look for the time being. You might say I've let nature take its course and am naked and al'natural. One day, I might try the oil thing, but it seems like alot of work.
McGregor might have had the right idea after all.
Skipper, J/36 "Zero Tolerance"