Well, we've finally had two dry days strung together (although it did rain early on day 1 and late on day 2!) and so I've been able to get my new Permateek decking fitted. It was supplied and fitted by Darren Lunn of Decking Inspirations and I'm very impressed with the results.
The Regal is not a big boat but the cockpit and swim platform required lots of separate small teak panels. This was time consuming but Darren was very conscientious and was prepared to put in as much time as the job required. He has a good eye for detail too and finished the job to a very high standard.
I got quotes for several different brands of teak finish and more than one quote for each brand. However, I was disappointed with the response from a number of the suppliers - they often failed to properly address my questions and gave me the impression that they weren’t listening to what I wanted. It didn’t fill me with confidence and some of the quotes were astronomic too.
By contrast, Darren was always quick to answer e-mail correspondence and came across well on the telephone. He answered all my questions fully, offered helpful suggestions of his own and gave me the impression that he enjoyed, and was good at, his work.
Permateek is available in several colours but I went for the lighter ‘Permateek Modern’ with the ‘Ivory’ caulking, rather than the usual black, as this seemed to best suit the interior and upholstery of my boat. Also, I went for a borderless finish – this is slightly cheaper as it requires less work but I primarily went for this as the number of small panels would have made a bordered finish look far too fussy.
Anyway, enough of the chat – here are the photos of the finished article:
(Note: The teak looks rather darker on the photos than in reality – it’s actually more like freshly sawn teak. The upholstery is much more creamy too, not grey as it appears on some of the photos. I will see if I can fiddle with the colour balance on the camera!)