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post #5 of Old 07-07-2002
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I was referring to LOTS of wood topside, everywhere. Teak decks were only the most dysfunctional example (sorry, I know some think teak decks are wonderful) since they add weight, cost, are uncomfortable to sit/stand on in the tropics, carry that heat below into the cabin, require occasional care (cleaning, bung replacments, caulk renewal) and bring a finite lifespan along with them.

It seems as tho'' many builders and sailors have begun to appreciate that ''strong'' and ''heavy/bulky'' aren''t the same, nor is topside wood an essential element in a boat''s construction. It appears the Shearwater builder is not in this camp.

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