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post #4 of Old 01-14-2011
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We love our teak deck for the look and for the "grippiness" underfoot when it's wet. However, teak has a tendency to absorb and store heat which will then be radiated internally to the vessel even when it cools down outside. We experienced this when we were in the Bahamas for several months. This was only an issue, however, when there was no airflow (i.e. light or no wind while on the hook). Any color other than white (or a close shade - tan, gray, etc.) will tend to absorb heat somewhat as opposed to reflecting it. This is also why it's usually recommended that you stick with a white hulled boat when cruising too, although we never really heard complaints from our friends in blue hulled boats while cruising.

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