Teak on steel
was and is an unfortunate combination. A teak deck lets a boat look noble, but over the years the appearance deceives. Sooner or later water penetrates between wood and steel, can’t dry out, destroys the underlying paint and subsequently corrodes the steel. And you don’t notice it. The wooden deck is very sturdy, even if you step on it, rusted parts will not break. Not until the deck becomes leaky or a rail post bends under low load. No question, the days of the wooden deck are numbered. With our Cumulant this was the case after 25 years.
At first, the obviously damaged areas along the coaming were removed. A partial repair of the deck was no longer possible and the teak had to be removed completely. After sanding the rust a 150 mm wide plate was welded from the bow to the cockpit on both sides. Around the mast foot and the chain plates were the deck strongly rusted so that also here plates were welded on.
Filling and sanding
A few weeks later the welding work was completed. The deck was primed several times with two-component paint and finally filled with epoxy; approx. 35 kg was necessary. Unfortunately, the ceiling cladding of the Cumulant is very cumbersome to open and can only be partially cut in. This was necessary to paint the welds from the inside.
In addition to the welding work, the foot rail had to be moved or reattached. The railing is now mounted on the outside of the deck. They are held by 20 mm solid material, on which they are put on and screwed. If a rail is bent, it can easily be removed. The cleats were replaced by sheet-friendly variants. The topcoat was followed by two coats of Interdeck gray, a slip-resistant paint if the deck is wet.