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mcahill2 posted 08-28-2001 12:31 AM ET (US)   Profile for mcahill2   Send Email to mcahill2  
I wood like to replace my wood doors with glass lids or starboard does anyone know if the make something the looks nice. Just to much work to keep the wood up anymore.
lhg posted 08-28-2001 01:06 AM ET (US)     Profile for lhg    
I saw a 27 Cuddy Center Console in FL where all of the teak had been replaced with very nicely detailed black starboard. Looked surprisingly good. Except for the solid starboard doors replacing the louvered ones, all other components had exactly been detailed the same as the teak. Whoever did the work was a fine craftsman. When you use starboard, stay with the black. The lighter whites and tans are impossible to clean once dirty and scratched. The black holds up far better. Also, the stuff warps when used in large pieces. That's why it usually used for
smaller components. BW learned this the hard way with the 13 -17 Standard models around 1997. All of the thwart seats and side hold-downs warped like crazy. Looked cheap besides.

As an alternative, have you considered varnishing? Done right, with the teak first restored and sanded to new condition, it will last a long time, with 10 coats or so. May not be any more trouble than re-fitting with starboard.

ValkariaKid posted 08-28-2001 08:06 AM ET (US)     Profile for ValkariaKid  Send Email to ValkariaKid     
It funny that this topic springs up now.
Last month I contemplated the very same idea of replacing all the teak with black starboard on my newly aquired '79 Montauk.

When I got her the teak was in terrible shape. There were were valleys in the grain that measured over 1/8" deep in a few spots. I did not think that it was possible to bring it back into respectable condition.

After researching how much it would cost, and the work required to fabricate new doors with all of the louvers out of starboard (because I could not find any "pre-made" doors) I decided that it wasn't worth it.

I instead tried to salvage the teak with alot of heavy sanding and varnishing. Well the results were outstanding! I applied about 4 sealer coats followed by light sanding with 400 grit to knock down the grain. Then 7 coats of Z-Spar's Flagship varnish were applied to give it the gloss, and protection I felt was necessary.

Man what a difference! What a transformation!

I'm happy that I did not go the black starboard route. It would have looked nice with the starboard, but discovered that there's nothing as beautiful, and classic as
rich varnished teak.

I took a few before and after shots, and posted them on the website.


Unfortunately you'd have to become a member of this Yahoo club to see the pictures, but it's free, and easy to do.

If you do look in the photo section (on the left hand side), and the pictures are in the album titled "Paul's '79 Montauk".

I hope it helps you reach a decision.


ValkariaKid posted 08-28-2001 08:09 AM ET (US)     Profile for ValkariaKid  Send Email to ValkariaKid     
Whoops... sorry for the link.


george nagy posted 08-28-2001 07:16 PM ET (US)     Profile for george nagy  Send Email to george nagy     
I'm thinking of adding a door on the other side of my console for easier access,I would be interested in your old hatch covers so they will match.Thanks!
mcahill2 posted 09-07-2001 05:16 PM ET (US)     Profile for mcahill2  Send Email to mcahill2     
I agree cleaning and sanding will do the trick, I will be selling this boat soon , need a flats boat to fish on the lagoon, so one more cleaning and up for sale she go,s I'll miss her she has been a great boat. Just wont run in skinny water.


Tsuriki BW posted 09-07-2001 06:09 PM ET (US)     Profile for Tsuriki BW  Send Email to Tsuriki BW     

Beautiful restoration..

Actually thinking of replacing my "starboard" cc door with a teak one and adding teak to the instrument panels, other places.. Crazy?? Yeah..Maybe


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