I’m really not a big fan of tropical hardwoods on boats. Fact is, I actually prefer plain old pressure-treated pine which in some quarters is called Miami Teak. It is not called that as a sign of respect but a put down.
Me? I’m happy to use whatever species of wood that works and I can afford. The Islander has bits of teak here and there all of which are way past their sell by date and rotten to the core. I’m actually looking forward to the day when, chisel and mallet in hand, I can get the pretentious detritus off the boat and into a dumpster.
The interior has a teak sole which I’d love to remove but, as it’s functional and only needs a serious sanding and oiling, it will remain. Still, I’d much prefer a fiberglass sole and I’m pretty sure that sooner or later all that teak flooring will get ripped out and hopefully recycled in some positive way or other.
Part of my aversion to teak and other decorative woods is that I’ve always hated the fact that somewhere someone decided that the interior of pleasure boats should resemble a Victorian club or mansion. That lot of folks still continue to think that way, some 122 post-Victorian era years later, is something of a conundrum. While I’ll admit to the appeal of some steampunk influences in things nautical, I’m still pretty much based in the current century.
But, yeah, we were talking about wood on boats and I have a lot of strong opinions on the subject. On the other hand, I have very little interest or strong feeling about what sort of wood makes sense on a yacht and there lies the difference…
A VolksCruiser is not a yacht in any way, shape or form.