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Why Your Yacht Needs Teak Decking

When you’re buying, and later owning, a yacht, there are a lot of decisions you need to make. You need to decide how long your yacht will be, what kind of engines it will run on, the amenities it will include, and much more. An important area that needs attention but sometimes slips through the cracks is the deck. An inexperienced yacht owner might think that any material will do, but experts know better. In the yacht world, there is no better deck material than teak. Below, you’ll find out why.

 Looks

You want your yacht to look as sleek as possible, and there’s no better way to do that than installing a fresh teak deck. In addition to looking good initially, it will defend against dirt better than other materials. The color of the wood and the quality of the material will mask footprints and other sources of grime that make it onto your deck. Ultimately, teak will look much better than any other deck options and stay looking good longer.

Quality

There’s something about synthetic decks that just doesn’t feel right. Most of us have a kind of sixth sense for quality. We might not be able to define it, but we know it when we see it. Teak decks have that distinct, high-quality vibe that alternate options do not.

Feel

This is a significant factor in choosing your deck material. You’re going to be doing a lot of walking and laying on your deck, so it should feel the best it can. Teak is a smooth and durable wood that will be comfortable beneath your feet and not develop splinters. Cheaper wood or synthetic teak will feel worse and take away from your enjoyment.

Function 

Teak decks have many functions that you’ll want for your yacht. The two biggest are:

  • Slip Resistance – When you’re out on the water, your feet are going to get wet. When they do, you don’t want to be walking on a material that is even remotely slippery. Of all available materials, teak decks provide the best slip resistance to keep you and your loved ones safe.
  • Insulation – Another great feature of teak is its heat resistance. That means two things for your yacht. First, the deck itself will not get so hot that you can’t walk on it. Instead, it will stay temperate and comfortable. Second, it will block heat from getting inside your yacht, making the inside cooler and cozier.

If you’ve made the pricey decision to buy a yacht, don’t skimp out at the last minute and buy a synthetic deck. A real teak deck will look great, have a high-quality feel, be comfortable, and have a variety of essential functions. If you want to make your yacht the absolute best it can be, then choose teak decking over any other alternative. Once you see it on your yacht and feel it underneath your feet, you’ll know you made the right choice.

At OP Yacht Services, yacht teak decking is one of our top services. To see examples of some recent jobs we’ve worked on, view our portfolio.