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I am in the process of specifying a new 458 to replace Ningaloo (385).
I have reluctantly gone for artificial teak as I am somewhat paranoid about stains on my genuine teak.
After 5 seasons my teak does look clean but weathered.  I had the boat shrink-wrapped whilst in the Baltic and bought a tonneau cover for the last two winters in UK.
My new boat will be heading to Med and beyond.
This is probably a very personal choice but I wonder if there are others that would stick with real teak treated with Semco (which I have never used).

I looked at Infinity, a brokerage 455 and their natural teak looked like new after an Atlantic circuit.
H385 #351 Ningaloo Now sold. H458 due in 2021
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Hi Stuart,
I think it is an individual choice thing.  When we were specifying our 418, we went through the same dilemma.  We had natural teak on our previous boat which we acquired at 3 yrs of age.  Teak was in reasonable shape but unfinished with anything so susceptible to dropping of “greasy” items.
The artificial teak is no doubt easier to maintain but, in my view, lives up to its name, artificial.

We are not unhappy to have gone natural teak but only on condition we used CLEAR finish as I personally can't stand the fading splotchy look of definitely artificial coloured sealers.

If I stay on top of the coating with a quick 20 minute wipe over with clear Semco every couple of months, I'm sure we can maintain the honey colour easily and it looks so much better, in my opinion.

Simple rule is, if water doesn't bead up on the surface, it's time for another coat.

But again, personal choice.

If you don't know where you are going, how will you know when you get there?

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Bruce J

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