Preview: How to Install A Teak Boat Deck: Laying It Out and Laying It Down

March 13, 2012

Eric Blake

how to install a teak boat deck

Here we are at the stern of a 26' center-console  jetdrive launch that's under construction at Brooklin Boat Yard. The stern deck on either side of the transom door, the side decks, and forward deck that show here are sub-decks of plywood that are about to be sheathed in teak. The construction is straightforward and typical of many boats we build. The subdeck is 3/8" ocoume plywood laid drectly over the deck beams, sheer clamps and carlins—which all are Douglas-fir. It is amazing how a light layer of plywood glued and screwed to the deck frame of any boat stiffens the structure! It takes the place of the countless knees that are found in a traditional deck frame, while providing a watertight surface that can be sheathed—either in canvas or dynel, or clad in 3/8"-think teak, as is being donel here.

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