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jlasail 12-03-2013 10:13 PM

Teak or plastic cockpit floor?
I recently ordered a new Jeanneau SO 409 and I am wondered if anyone has an opinion about cockpit floor. Boat will be in the Chesapeake Bay Area, not really salty water. I like teak floor better, however I have been told it is hard to maintain. I believe I can still change the option and upgrade or downgrade.
Thank you.

Lou452 12-03-2013 11:10 PM

Re: Teak or plastic cockpit floor?
plastic for me. Opinion it will last longer. Not as nice to look at. How many are going to see your floor ? You will have to be happy. I do not think it will matter that much as long as you and the crew are happy.
Good day, Lou

blt2ski 12-04-2013 01:26 AM

Re: Teak or plastic cockpit floor?
I'd get rid of the teak on the seats if I could! NO teak on a deck or seat etc, other than handrails......


SVAuspicious 12-04-2013 04:18 AM

Re: Teak or plastic cockpit floor?
I have teak cockpit sole, seats, and *ahem* decks. I haven't found the maintenance to be a problem. Regular moppings, even in brackish water seem to be fine. Work across the grain as much as possible. Every couple of years I use Boracol on the deck. I don't bother in the cockpit.

chucklesR 12-04-2013 08:38 AM

Re: Teak or plastic cockpit floor?
Teak is better looking, a natural non-skid too. I would prefer a removable teak deck, not one bonded, and certainly not one screwed in.

newhaul 12-04-2013 01:25 PM

Re: Teak or plastic cockpit floor?
I would go with the plastic floor and have a local shipwright or carpenter friend make you a teak drop in for the cockpit no glues or screws. fasteners could lead to leaks in the deck

jlasail 12-04-2013 09:35 PM

Re: Teak or plastic cockpit floor?
Thank you all for these helpful inputs.

Zoya 12-15-2013 07:16 PM

Re: Teak or plastic cockpit floor?
Hello JL... As long as you don't mind leaving your teak go to natural grey, I don't see much maintenance issue with a teak cockpit floor. Just brush with a teak cleaner and rinse a couple times a year. The only downside of an all weathered grey teak cockpit is that they look a bit sad... My benches are teak, cockpit floor is white polyester. Floor is easy to maintain but get dirty quick unless you enforce the shoe police 100% which I don't...

jlasail 12-15-2013 10:15 PM

Re: Teak or plastic cockpit floor?
Thierry, Thanks for your response, i will go for teak in cockpit if I can still make the modification.
Did you take your boat off the water for the winter?

Zoya 12-16-2013 07:49 AM

Teak or plastic cockpit floor?
Keeping her in the water, I have a quick engine de-winterizing system and try to take her out a few times during the winter.

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