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Re: Advice refinishing teak and holly sole
Unfortunately, no pics still on my phone- but here was my experience:
Redid the cabin sole with 1/2" ply with 3/8" Brazillian Teak T&G flooring with 1/2" quartersawn maple epoxied (West System, middle cure- not fast, not slow cure). Epoxied quarter round Brazillian Teak for trim. Epoxied only the bottom to the ply, but added extra to the edges to ensure seal all round. Spar varnish in three coats to the top.
Sailed her hard with my brother in law last season, mangaged to get a thruhull leak and a small crack in the centerboard trunk that overwhelmed my bilge pump and she sat "low in the water" with the entire thing SUBMERGED for at least a week and probably closer to two before I got her hauled out and a refit/repair underway. The only thing that DIDN'T need to be touched that was touched by the bilge/seawater was the cabinsole. Once I drained, rinsed and allowed to dry out, one piece of the maple trim that I hadn't properly coated with varnish near a hatch had to be cut and replaced, but otherwise looks as good as it did when I put it down.