For August’s Deck Of The Month, synthetic teak decking replacement on Elise completed her exterior refit.

History of Elise

Elise, a Jeanneau 45.2 was bought in Holland in April 2017, however she was originally launched in 1998. Elise was based in Ljselmmer and Her new owners sailed her back to the UK via the Staande Mast Route. Even though they enjoyed sailing her through the Dutch canals, the owners were aware of the potential problems. Unfortunately, the caulking on her old decks started to soften. Notably, this caused the black caulking to transfer on to the GRP and made it impossible to come off.

Elise’s Transformation

For this reason, after researching different types of marine flooring, they decided to choose synthetic teak decking as their first option. Seeing that they were already visiting a nearby marina, they had a quotation done by MCP Marine which included having the original decks removed. Of course, this was a brutal job which took our fitters 2 weeks of hard work to remove. While the fitters removed the old decks, decking panels for the cockpit floor, seats and side decks were fabricated. The colour, Sunbleached with Black Caulking is a popular colour for sailing boats so this was the preferred choice.

What Next?

They plan to keep Elise on the River Arun in Littlehampton for the winter where they will continue to complete the refit. They plan to replace all of the interior upholstery and basic layout inside to turn her into a holiday retreat. Next spring, they plan to sail her to Portimao that’s based in the Algarve. She will be used as a holiday home for the whole family to use for the year, specifically in the summer. Then they will head over to Montenegro for spring 2019.