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Subject: Re: Deck surfaces


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brian henry
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Date Posted: 27/02/06 17:45:35
In reply to: Neil 's message, "Re: Deck surfaces" on 27/02/06 14:20:10

I built new cockpit locker lids from exactly this product and the result is excellent, not to tell from original teak wood (although it gets very hot in the sun).

But it would be quite unsuitable for the deck of a T500, being expensive and very heavy, adding far too much weight too high up. In fact, on the cost side, I thought that original wood couldn't have been much more expensive.

The very idea of the original balsa core sandwich deck is to give strength, rigidity and light weight, synthetic wood would negate that as well as making the balsa core difficult to access should it have any rot developing, a not unusual case with the age of the fleet, especially around stanchion bases and shroud plate deck fittings.

In fact it was the designer of the original C&C27 from which the Trapper 500 was licenced and built, George Cuthbertson, who said that teak wood decks were totally illogical, being heavy, expensive and with high maintenance costs, but customers perceive them as being high quality and demand them, so boatbuilders have to keep supplying them. The same can be said of synthetic wood decks, apart from the maintenance part (if properly laid on suitably prepared decks). But I have to admit they do look good.

I painted my T500 deck with two-pot, non-slip, polyurethene deck paint in 2003 - it still looks great.

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Re: Deck surfacesJim Jeffery 5/05/06 9:11:29


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