deck leak be de vex of any boat! first ting be ,paint dem white. ya'goose already cook, in term of keep de (fake) teak deck "natural". serious though, job #1 is stop deck leaking, plain white paint is the best bang for the buck.
Remember the construction method of most fiberglass boats includes a two piece deck (similar to the hull and hull liner); the lower piece or liner can often mask the true source of the leak and throw the leak detective off the trail.
On many boats, decks are cored with end-grain balsa or plywood with a fiberglass laminate on each side. It’s not unusual for moisture to find its way into this wooden core. Stanchion bases and chainplates often leak as a boat ages, and often holes are drilled in the deck for new hardware ...
By Keith Dahlin. B ack in the early ’90s, I lived aboard my Columbia 28 while attending university. I often walked down the dock like a kid in a candy store, making note of the boats I liked (and wanted). One in particular always made my mouth water.
OK, I KNOW it's a boat so i don't get all upset over a bit of water in it, but....it's a 23 yr. old boat and me and my boys have replaced about all the wood structures - deck, seats,trim pieces (lots of these) etc.
Just thought I would share this with you. It really does work and is easy to do. Having a 118 year old wooden boat we often get little leaks from checks in the wood or around spike plugs.
Re: Teak Deck Leaks Okay Ive read the thread about leaks in teak decks with classic wood construction with interest. Of course we watch how easily water finds its way through and think, I just need to apply a sealant that penetrates like water which will dry, fill the voids and waterproof the structure!
Most all boats have some sort of "core" in the decks. Whether it's balsa, plywood or some of the foam cores all can eventually absorb water from a leaking deck penetration. A leaking deck, especially with wood cores, can lead to core rot and eventually delamination of the deck and loss of structural rigidity.
To replace the decks on a 9m (30ft) boat is six weeks’ work three months for a 15m (50-footer). We are talking about many thousands of pounds and your boat out of action for a while. There are other considerations before you decide on a teak deck.
Of all the leaks aboard a boat, the hull/deck joint is probably the most persistent, hardest to find and hardest to fix of all. By the vary nature of the joint, water can travel great distances ...
Re: finding and fixing deck leaks If by chance you have a teak deck it might be quicker and cheaper in the long run to sell the boat. Water beneath the teak can travel concideable disance before find ing a route through the deck.
Leaks are not only inconvenient and aggravating, but also cause damage to personal gear and the boat itself. The source of leaks are usually hard to find and even harder to stop.
Deck Leak Dodge By Tom Neale. Deck leaks are like dust mites. Every body’s got ’em. No matter how rich and powerful you are, no matter how small a boat or fancy a yacht you have, it’s gonna have deck leaks.
What to Put Under a Second Story Deck to Keep It From Dripping ... Find out what you can put under your wooden deck to avoid leaking onto the bottom A second story deck that is made of wood flooring includes gaps between planks and Or install a waterproof flooring material, such as flooring tiles.
HOW TO MAINTAIN AND CAULK TEAK DECKS. By Andina Foster, ... especially at night and help keep the wood from drying out. It also reduces mildew and algae growth. If you aren't in salt water, fresh water is better than none. OK the deck leaks and you need to re-caulk, here we go.
How to Caulk an Old Wooden Boat. Four Methods: Preparation Paying the cotton Mixing the Putty Launch day Community Q&A Any reasonably handy boat owner can caulk their own boat, there is no magic involved. On a new boat, with pristine seams between the planks, it is pretty straight forward.
Deck leaks also represent a threat to your boat’s structure, because they can cause decks to become soft and spongy, with cracks that weep brown water that stains topsides. This is because most fiberglass boats have decks with a wood core, and keeping water from infiltrating that core is a key to keeping your boat’s deck intact.
Placing a material under the wooden deck allows you to maintain the rustic wooden look of the deck while providing a material that prevents leaking. credit: Ryan McVay/Photodisc/Getty Images Find out what you can put under your wooden deck to avoid leaking onto the bottom deck.