Sunbeam is making yachts for the last 50 years. Nobody, specially on the high competitive European market, can make and sell boats for 50 years if they don't make good boats. Sunbeam were always expensive boats and that makes their success even more relevant because nobody buys expensive boats if they are not better than less expensive one.Thanks for the quick reply! Did notice the galley sole as well. Current owner sailed the boat in Croatia and ended up bringing it over to the east coast. Would be great to hear from anyone in Europe.
I think a better solution would be to replace the teak by some synthetic material or cork/synthetic. That way you don't need to put glass.I'm interested in the Sunbeam too...think a 34 with extended swim platform. I check yachtworld and most come with teak but 1 or 2 have had it removed. As the boat was built in 1989-1992? the teal must be at the end of their useful life...would love to hear from anybody who are owned/sailed one of these. I saw one in Italy but plugs were paperthin and some coming out, teak at this point was only 3 mils so didn't buy. Does anyone know what it cost to rip up the boards and replace with glass....not using a boatyard but maybe individual shop good with fiberglass and then add non-skid
You could do the job. Those materials are easier to apply than real teak.you may be right but when you want a long-lasting surface glass is the way to go....i once got quoted £25 grand on a 35 ft camper nic and that was 10 years ago. Did any Sunbeams come without teak deck? I see one 34 selling in the states, Marlyand, going really good less than dollars 59K.
Not really. Luxury boats are bought by rich guys that sell the boats in average after 5 to 7 years. At that time the Teak is still in perfect shape and it will be for many years more. The teak is not a problem in selling them. For the ones that buy new boats that is not a problem, as it is not a problem for one that buys an used boat with 5 to 7 years. Most of those also prefer boats with teak...You say Europeans like their high end boats to be teak -- great when you are buying -- but down the road when they try to sell and the teak is past its lifespan, big problem