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Sailing Yachts

TEAKDECKING SYSTEMS® is the recognized leader in building technically challenging curved sailboat decks. That is why such high profile sailing yachts as Endeavour, Adix, Scheherazade, Antonisa, Keewaydin, Teel, Azzura, Sea Dragon, Yanakee II, QS Atlantic, and the replica Schooner America; as well as other discriminating owners of fine sailing yachts such as Swans, Baltics, Hinckleys, Hans Christians, and others, have chosen TDS to provide their replacement teak decks.

To properly build a curved teak deck for a sailing yacht is more technically challenging than building a straight-laid teak deck for a motor yacht. First of all, the deck on a sailing yacht has a lot more seawater flowing across it. For that reason, it is critical that the deck be completely watertight. To prevent any possibility of leaks, TDS uses an impervious phenolic backing, vacuum bagged with epoxy glue, to hold the teak battens together in panel form. Even if there were no sealant in the seams, water would still not penetrate to the interior.

The second challenge is to get the curved teak battens to lay flat, to eliminate voids underneath. To solve this, TDS uses proprietary, easily adjustable, interlocking jigs, and epoxy glue under vacuum pressure. Even after more than 25 years, this fabrication system is still unique to TDS in the marine industry.

A further challenge is layout and styling. Unlike a straight laid teak deck, the battens in the deck intersect hatches and superstructure at odd angles, and meet along the centerline at a Christmas tree like "kingplank". The experienced designers at TDS are masters of creating technically sound decks that properly eliminate fragile tapered batten ends.

Boats are rarely built completely symmetrical. With long black parallel lines of caulking present to highlight the lack of symmetry, our designers' ability to create visual symmetry results in the gorgeous teak decks we are known to deliver.





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