|Here, the mainsheet is relaxing on the cockpit cushion as the teak around it warms it up in April.|
Ok, this has to speak for itself. It's about teak. I didn't get this Cape Dory because I loved to do varnish work, I got her because I loved he entire look and feel of the boat. But there is some work that has to be done to maintain her in good condition. I've not done a complete surface restoration on her but I have highlighted her so that different aspects of her gleam (these have been shown-off in previous entries).
But you and I hear this phrase often from some sailors, "...well I like the weathered look of the teak..." "No you don't," I'd reply, "you simply don't want to put the maintenance of your wood on your priority list." Sure, teak will turn grey with weather but what wood remains it's finished color? When you go into Ethan Allan you don't see a bunch of barn-board stuff. Nobody runs their hands over grey pine and remarks how much they love it either! Too funny. Teak is a strong wood and a beautiful wood as well, if taken care of.
The teak on the Cape Dories and on all this style and period of yachts simply looks great, and, it accents the boat in a warm way adding that cared-for look that can be achieved simply by scheduling some maintenance on your vessel.
I was sailing the other day and glanced back and saw this view of Baggy Wrinkles' stern and thought, "wow, what a difference a bit of work makes!" There were the clean cushions, the polished cleats port and starboard, bronze coated with Permalac (trade name), stainless steel, and the visual theme of warm teak wood!
If you're not sure how to proceed with your teak refurbishing, then check out the tutorials of Jamestown Distributors and the Epifanes folks, whose products I use, as they will provide step by step help on making things look just right with your teak appointments.