Grand Banks Teak Deck Repair
Replacing Your Old Grand Banks Wooden Teak Decks
Invest in your Grand Banks with quality repairs to your teak decks
Teak decks can last a lot longer than people think if they are properly maintained. Our recommendation is that teak decks only be removed when the owners don’t like them or repair has become so expensive that replacement is required. Teak decks should need their first maintenance at about the 10 year point and then be serviced about every 5 years.
Sun and heat are the enemy of teak decks. Boats in Florida 12 months of the year and not under cover will see deck issues a lot sooner than owners in the Northeast who keep their boats under cover during winter for half the year. Owners in Florida probably won’t want to keep up with deck maintenance after a few years, the sun, heat, and 12 month season take a toll.
Grand Banks Teak Deck Maintenance Schedule
- Seam repair by replacing seams with proper sealant. Bad seams can be identified visually as separated from the wood, or where areas stay wet after a rain or washdown
- Bung repair, replacing with shorter screws as your decks wear significantly
- Plank grove maintenance
- Sanding to control the grooves
- Some oil as needed to control rain water runoff
- Cover in any way you can, when you have the opportunity. Look at older boats with long flybridge bimini tops and you will notice their decks look great after 30 years
Teak deck repairs should be at the top of your list
These wooden teak decks can be a maintenance problem all by themselves if you don’t keep up the above teak deck maintenance schedule and keep strong chemicals off them. The even more expensive maintenance issues they create are from leaks into the engine room or the deck structure under the teak deck. With thousands of fasteners on every Grand Banks yacht with teak decks, the opportunity for leaks and rot is huge.
When the decks just can’t be restored it’s time for replacement. We recommend that when the accumulated deferred repair cost is greater than 50% of the present cost to replace them, you consider new decks or removal and Awlgrip paint. We start by removing the decks, filling the holes, and fairing them in for Awlgrip painting. An older Grand Banks with its teak decks replaced with Moon Dust Awlgrip non-skid paint is a thing of beauty. It stays clean, is easier to maintain, and will never be a serious leak issue again for the life of your boat.
Teak Deck Repair
Of course, we also will do teak deck repairs in the boatyard to bring them back to the best condition they can be. This involves re-sealing all the through-deck fittings, replacing all bungs that are gone, and re-sealing any areas that have pulled away from the teak. This can give your teak deck 5 to 15 years of additional life if the wood isn’t too far worn.
Teak Deck Replacement
Another maintenance reduction we sometimes do on teak decks is to replace them with a totally new teak deck or even alternative teak-like deck materials. We do not recommend this alternative because it is quite expensive and tends to be a neutral or negative at resale. If you want a new teak deck, better than new, we can do that for you.
Alternative Teak-Like Deck Materials
Another maintenance reduction we sometimes do on teak decks is to replace them with a totally new teak deck or even alternative teak-like deck materials. We do not recommend this alternative because it is quite expensive and tends to be a neutral or negative at resale. If you want a new teak deck, or better than new, we can do that for you.