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In the tropics, a teak deck has a slight advantage over a painted one if
you can keep it wet - just a bucket or two of seawater sloshed on the foredeck every few hours should be enough to keep it cool during the heat of the day, preventing the dreaded heat transfer inside.
Water trapped in the grooves in the teak is first evaporated by the sun, delaying (and hopefully preventing) heat transfer through to the cabin - and keeping the deck cool enough to walk on in bare feet.
EDIT: Hull, yes, but to my mind, no-one in the tropics should have a white deck - the sun glare can be really overpowering!! An off-white or (more commonly) cream colour doesn't absorb too much heat - but, if they had a choice, most people I know would go with teak.
A bad day on a boat beats a good day in the office
Last edited by Classic30; 01-16-2011 at 04:58 PM.