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Wood movement in decks is a real issue. I have a stack of Indonesian Mahogany that has worked well in interior applications. But when I used some for a small step outdoors the finish failed in short order. Too much wood movement.
The problem with replacing teak with ipe is you're adding twice the weight on deck -- something the boat's designer didn't take into account and you can't predict if that will effect the boat's handling.
There's a reason teak is the prefered wood for decks. Small movement in service, naturally oily, and small pores. Ipe shares these traits. You might think about getting around the weight issue by planing the ipe thinner than the teak that's on there now...
The price difference makes it pretty tempting ipe: $6.60 board ft vs teak: $25 board ft locally. Both are 4/4 finish planed.
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