DIY cockpit seating teak substitute

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The original teak boards were in excellent condition, but the fact is they were prone to leaks as they were bolted to the seating area. I removed these and will no doubt make some pretty drinks holders out of them in due course. I considered getting Treadmaster but I heard they were difficult to keep clean and I didn't want a rubber look.

When I was down at the London Boat Show at Excel I chanced upon imitation teak and found three suppliers. The one that was most helpful was Permateek so I began an exchange of correspondence when I got back home to get a good price to justify any further expenditure on my Centaur.

I made my mind up to get Permateek for the seating area and the tops of the coaming. Cost me over £400 but it really does look very good. I made paper templates and sent them off to Ian Griffiths who made up the panels for me and sent them off within a couple of weeks.

I followed the instructions on the Permateek website and this is the result. I used two tubes of Sikaflex 291 white adhesive.

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Courtesy of Ken Hastie