Couple of questions I need help with in deciding on a boat I am looking at:
1- Teak decks - A bung here and there is popping out, some of the black rubber caulk is cracked, teak is gray, a "barely" loose board or two on the port side, amidships. No evidence of leaking into cabin under decks, no mold or mildew smell in storage around fasteners or chainplates. I know the decks will need to be replaced/recored at some point, I estimate that catching it now I can probably get another 5 to 7 years (or more) out of these before replacement is needed. They look pretty good right now.
My question is what to do with the decks at this point to seal them as best I can. Fill the caulked areas that are cracked right now, and then varnish? Is there anything else that will seal them? I realize the hassle of varnish (and its non skid properties), but my thinking is a thick plasticy coating would probably be best from this point forward to create a good barrier? The boat has been on the hard for two years so it's pretty dry overall right now. Any recommendations?
2- The Volvo Diesel. It can be hand cranked (
), neat motor. Scary though. Is it a hard engine to maintain/work on? Are parts expensive/available?
3- Bow sprit already rebuilt and refinished (looks great), rest of exterior teak in good shape but 100% gray right now. Can it be varnished while gray, or does it (the gray) need to be sanded off first?
You need a survey to really know what's going on with your decks... a quick hint is to look around the chainplates and fill caps to see how much wear the deck has, i.e., how much teak is there left. If it's down to 1/4", you're looking at replacing the decks... this is VERY expensive. Bungs need to be redone as an ongoing task. Buy a Fein multi-master and start pulling up old caulk, then re-caulk. DON'T ever varnish a teak deck, ever...
. There's a ton of info out there about oils, etc... that might work very well, but many will say leave the teak deck grey. I would never sand
a teak deck, but rather carefully scrub it with a soft bristle brush across
the grain, not with, using just enough pressure to do the necessary cleaning.
Engine... which Volvo? How's the access? How many hours? Need more info before anyone can be of much help to you.
Teak brightwork... emphasis on 'work'.... Look up Rebecca Wittman's books:
The Brightwork Companion : Tried-and-True Methods and Strongly Held Opinions in Thirteen and One-Half Chapters
Brightwork: The Art of Finishing Wood
Friends with lot's of teak/brightwork swear by them.