We were excited to find this great article from the website S.V. Cambria about how they re-caulked their teak decking on their yacht.
Their blog is really well written, beautiful, and they sum it up as:
This is a story about a couple living their dream aboard a 43-foot sailboat.To get here, we sold everything we owned and left the US for New Zealand with the sole purpose of purchasing a yacht in May of 2001. What was supposed to be a six-month trip turned into a six-year stay and our eventual ownership of Cambria – a Westerly Ocean 43.
They go into great detail about the tools they used and how to go about recaulking your teak decking.
Since we’ll be putting Cambria on the market soon, I thought it would be a good idea to highlight some of the work we’ve done over the years in a series of blog posts. The first one covered stripping the anti-foul off the hull, down to the gelcoat, and building it back up and can be read here.
When we bought Cambria in October of 2003, she was only five years old but already showing signs of wear on the the teak decks. Sun and weather had damaged the black caulking, breaking it down to a tar-like substance in some places and a chalky-powder in others. It needed to be replaced and, because David was working at the time, I was in charge of the project (or at least all of the grunt work).
Removing the caulking was the most logical place to start but left us with a very important question: What tool do we use?
You can read the rest of the blog post: Re-Caulking Teak Decks
You can also check out their blog and follow them here: svcambria.com
If you have any questions about teak decking maintenance or teak lumber for decking feel free to comment below or contact us.