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Sodar
07-18-2008, 11:57 AM
I never thought I would be starting a Teak Thread, but I think I have have a different spin on this.

I would like to do a Teak inlay on my fiberglass platform like they do on the new boats and like they did on the 2003 35th Anniversary boats. If one was to pursue this, how thick do you think the inlay needs to be? I would actually like to set the teak about a 1/8" higher than the surrounding fiberglass, so when someone puts a ski or board on, it would be resting on the teak, not on the surrounding gel coat.

Here is a pic of my vision... do you think it is do-able???

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bigmac
07-18-2008, 01:28 PM
The particular boat you have pictured uses a swim platform that looks exactly like the one on my boat, except that my boat has rubber instead of teak. If that's a factory boat, it makes me suspect that MC makes a standard inlay for that platform, so maybe you could get it as a replacement part from them, strip your rubber and glue it down with a little 5200 or something.

Failing that, you might be able to buy some thin teak strips and cut them yourself. OR, there's a company called Flexiteek that specializes in custom synthetic, no-maintenance teak inlays. They're a Norwegian company, but they have some US distributors. Likewise, some US mfg'd boat have Flexiteek platforms as standard, notably some Maxxum and Four Winns models. Maybe you can get one custom made for your swim platform from a Flexiteek distributor in the US. IIRC, most of them are in Florida.

http://www.flexiteek.no/.

Also, there's a company in San Diego called YachtDeck (http://www.yachtdeck.com/) that might be able to help you with a custom application.

http://www.flexiteek.no/wimages//4WinnsHoriz220.gif

http://www.flexiteek.no/wimages//Maxum2200.jpg

bigmac
07-18-2008, 01:41 PM
I found this...for better or for worse....

Teak inlay from MyMasterCraft (http://mymastercraft.com/product_details.cfm?caller=PARTS&item_id=54&product=88553000&product_type=EXTERIOR&company=MasterCraft&sub_product=Teak%20Platform)...gulp...$2600 is your discounted price from Mike. I'm guessing that's for the whole platform. I wonder if just the inlay is available.

http://mymastercraft.com/images/parts/teakplatform.gif

Sodar
07-18-2008, 01:52 PM
Thanks for the links! I would like to try to do this as a winter project for a little less than $2600! WOW... that hurts!

My boat is a little different than the platforms pictures and yours, BigMac. It does not have the embossed MC in the center... it is just a flat plane. I am guessing this would only make an install easier by eliminating the oval cut out.

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TMCNo1
07-18-2008, 02:03 PM
Talk to Teakworld, http://teakworldenterprises.samsbiz.com/ they may have done the inlay for MC!

bigmac
07-18-2008, 02:10 PM
Thanks for the links! I would like to try to do this as a winter project for a little less than $2600! WOW... that hurts!

My boat is a little different than the platforms pictures and yours, BigMac. It does not have the embossed MC in the center... it is just a flat plane. I am guessing this would only make an install easier by eliminating the oval cut out.

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I'd call YachtWorld in San Diego. They appear to be a custom-application company. It might end up being worth a few overhead photos and dimensions, see if it's something they'd do, and how much.

Harold had a good suggestion too. Maybe TeakWorld can do it, or maybe they can supply you with the wood.

Sodar
07-18-2008, 02:13 PM
I will check it out and report back with a quote. It might be a good alternative to this wonderful black rubber that MC installs!

JPenland
07-19-2008, 01:03 AM
Sodar in the first 3 pics did you take them or get them off the net?

Sodar
07-19-2008, 01:10 AM
Sodar in the first 3 pics did you take them or get them off the net?

The first two pics I got here (http://www.mastercraft.com/photopost//showgallery.php?cat=500&ppuser=7191&sort=1).

JPenland
07-19-2008, 01:13 AM
I like this idea allot hate the ruber mat and cleaning up after it

Tryinng to tell if there is a gasket going all the way around each panel and and wondering what is between each slat

Sodar
07-19-2008, 01:16 AM
I like this idea allot hate the ruber mat and cleaning up after it

Tryinng to tell if there is a gasket going all the way around each panel and and wondering what is between each slat

All teak is done with caulking between the slates to allow for expansion/contraction and slight movement. The sealant between the slates is an integral part of the decking.

JPenland
07-19-2008, 01:18 AM
Someone siad that there is a Dallas boat show this weekend wonder if this will be represented?

Sodar
07-19-2008, 01:20 AM
Someone siad that there is a Dallas boat show this weekend wonder if this will be represented?

Might be. The teak inlay is now an option for all 2009 boats.

JPenland
07-19-2008, 01:22 AM
I wll go and see if i can get some better pictures

JohnE
07-19-2008, 08:00 AM
Cam,

How thick would the teak end up? It looks like the rubber is lower than the surrounding edge of fiberglass and the teak will be higher. I'd guess that the thicker you can make the teak, the easier this project would be.

TMCNo1
07-19-2008, 08:04 AM
Cam,

How thick would the teak end up? It looks like the rubber is lower than the surrounding edge of fiberglass and the teak will be higher. I'd guess that the thicker you can make the teak, the easier this project would be.

BOO!:rolleyes::D Good morning!

JohnE
07-19-2008, 08:33 AM
BOO!:rolleyes::D Good morning!

Mornin' Harold.:):cool:

03 35th Anniversary
07-19-2008, 04:01 PM
Looks good but it's a pain to keep looking good.

You have to keep the teak oil off the gel coat or it's a pain in the butt to get it cleaned off.

jakethebt
07-19-2008, 09:26 PM
The teak inlay looks great, I was wondering how it is to maintain.

Are the planks high enough to sand without hitting the gel coat? What do you use to get the oil off the gel coat once you get it on there by accident? Is it possible to mask it off first?

TMCNo1
07-19-2008, 10:32 PM
Back tape it, mask it and clean up the silicone with lacquer thinner before the oil dries hard.

03 35th Anniversary
07-20-2008, 12:14 PM
The teak inlay looks great, I was wondering how it is to maintain.

Are the planks high enough to sand without hitting the gel coat? What do you use to get the oil off the gel coat once you get it on there by accident? Is it possible to mask it off first?


DO NOT USE MASKING TAPE!!!!!!!!!!!!!

The teak oil and the glue on the tape make a nasty gummy mess.

Sodar
07-20-2008, 12:18 PM
DO NOT USE MASKING TAPE!!!!!!!!!!!!!

The teak oil and the glue on the tape make a nasty gummy mess.

Johnnie, how much higher does the teak sit above the fiberglass. Looks to be about an 1/8"

03 35th Anniversary
07-20-2008, 12:23 PM
Johnnie, how much higher does the teak sit above the fiberglass. Looks to be about an 1/8"


More like a 1/4"

Sodar
07-20-2008, 12:25 PM
More like a 1/4"
Sweet! So they probably use 3/8" decking...

03 35th Anniversary
07-20-2008, 12:29 PM
Sweet! So they probably use 3/8" decking...

I'll get a cross pic for you in few minutes when I uncover it.

03 35th Anniversary
07-20-2008, 01:43 PM
http://i38.tinypic.com/14cva7k.jpg




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Sodar
07-20-2008, 01:46 PM
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Thanks dude.