Replacing the teak
companionway weather boards


Material required:

Burma teak 13 in. x 44 in. x 0.5 in. ($30.78 at Exotic Lumber)

Burma teak 1 in. x 1.5 in. x 3.5 in. ($0.00 On hand)

3 each #8 x 1.5 in. Phillips FH stainless steel wood screws ($0.00 On hand)

Cetol ($0.00 On hand)

Total cost: $30.78


Tools required:

Table saw

Finishing sander

Hand crosscut saw

#2 Phillips screwdriver


When I purchased Early Light the teak weather boards were made of teak veneer plywood and were in rough shape. I refinished them and used them for two seasons. This winter the task of making new ones made it's way onto my "To Do" list.

This was a fairly easy project. It started with a trip to Exotic Lumber in Annapolis to purchase the teak. I purchased a piece of 1/2 inch teak that was 13 inches by 44 inches. Once I signed over my first born, I was allowed to leave the premises at Exotic Lumber.

The old weather boards were used as patterns and the teak was cut on a table saw. A bevel was cut on the top and bottom edges of both boards so any rain would not find it's way into the cabin.

Lower weather board
with sealer applied

A small block of teak was cut to make the mount for the hasp that is used to lock the companionway.

Upper weather board with
block to mount hasp


Once all pieces were cut, they were sanded prior to finishing with 6 coats of Cetol.

The two weather boards after
mounting the hasp and
finishing with Cetol

The old weather boards will be kept to install during the winter when Early Light is on the hard.

This project took approximately 3 hours to complete (excluding finishing with Cetol)

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