As we all know the Alberg 37 is a classic looking boat. At this point I think she is even considered a classic in her own right – if not, she will be soon as these great boats are not going anywhere. The sheer and overhangs contribute to this look considerably but the teak accents pull their own weight as well. In the current world of plastic boats maintenance hogging wood is seen less and less. The Alberg has a beautiful teak cap rail from stem to stern, a wide teak spray dodger forward of the cockpit, quite a bit of wood inside, and teak cockpit combing accents.
Over the years I have been removing much of this wood and bringing it home to be refinished. As you may remember from Restoring the Cap-rail I am removing all the old sealant, sanding down the teak, and putting on a couple primer coats of AwlSpar M3131 varnish. With the new workspace at the new house I hope to have more time to do this. It has not been possible the last few years because of the kids and having no space to work with high VOC type chemicals. With the new space I have a renewed interest and thought that I should pull the cockpit combing teak and bring it home.
To start the project off I removed what was left of the teak bungs protecting the screws holding down the teak. There was not much left so I just used my pocket knife to free up the slot headed screws.
I then carefully removed all of the screws with a flathead screwdriver:
All of the sealant was completely gone and absolutely useless so I was able to easily peal the teak up using just my hands.
The most difficult part of this job was cleaning up all the grime under the teak. This was not your typical sealant to be scrapped up, this was years of dirt that had adhered to the gelcoat. I completed 90% of this task with a painters multi tool scraper and then vigorously wiped down the area with Xylol.
The teak is now in the workshop and hopefully one of these days I will have some time to get to work on it. As you can see, there is quite a bit of work to be done! 😉