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Patrick Klee Carpintero Naval de Denia (Alicante). Proyectos de Cubierta de Teca, Bostik Adhesives y ARC Marine.

A Teak, Synthetic teak or NewDek Deck….Is it only taste? Or is there also a better choice?

There’s good reason why teak is so popular in the marine world. For long terms it does not only look good and timeless but it’s also low in maintenance and extremely durable. Teak however, is facing rising costs and increasing rarity. And this trend is only continuing with the aesthetic and functional benefits of teak decks remaining unbeaten by alternatives.

Unsurprisingly, this has created a recent boom in the market of synthetic teak which is generally regarded as actually quite good and other possibilities as for example NewDek.

Let’s look at those 3 options and compare them…..when will a NewDek Deck be more interesting than a traditional classic teak deck of Synthetic? Are there just as there are loads of different boats also loads of different choices for your deck?


Many different manufacturers make synthetic teak, so price varies depending on where you go. Generally however, it’s safe to call synthetic decking around 30-50% cheaper than real teak. On a large deck, this can make a substantial difference and allow for the saved cash to be invested elsewhere on the yacht.

The price of genuine teak reflects its rarity and desirability, which alone will make it worth the cost to many owners. They say that «The younger crowd purchases teak; each piece shows originality, it smells amazing, looks classy, and enriches your boat.»

NewDek is new on the market it’s hard to compare with any of those 2 above. NewDek is made of cell EVA foam, a high-resistance and flexible material. It’s a foamy composition. It makes it in price the way most cheapest option of these 3. The material NewDek Teak or Grey is a €115,- a meter. This is exclusive making plantillas, digitalizing and installing NewDek)


Of course, all 3 genuine teak, the synthetic kind and NewDek are just as ‘functional’ as each other, in that all serve as perfectly stable surfaces on which to walk.

It’s all in the subtleties though; like its surface temperature during long periods of sun exposure, synthetic decks and NewDek work less here in the Mediterranean as they get hot in the sun. Some manufacturers have pale colours to help overcome this, but still they still get really hot.

Genuine teak maintains an acceptable temperature on the surface. Genuine teak is also praised for its general non-slip quality even when wet, although synthetic PVC-based teak is often regarded as having even more grip and can provide a very solid footing, also when wet.

NewDek, Customers report that the material is comfortable, providing just the right amount of cushioning for safe and comfortable exercise, play, and work. The material’s softness means it lessens fatigue from long periods of standing. EVA foam also absorbs noise – an added bonus for a weight room or work room. Mats have good grip, so they won’t slide across slick floors. EVA foam is easy to clean and is resistant to chemicals, making it ideal for sweaty gyms or play rooms. It is highly weather resilient and has low water absorption, so it can withstand spills, wet feet, and messy pets. Parents like that the material is nontoxic, and BPA free, as well as soft for falls.


Synthetic teak decking can come very close in appearance and texture to the real thing, if you are not the expert you won’t see the difference. Synthetic teak isn’t always going for the real look, though, and with anything manufactured comes a certain level of creative freedom.

Synthetics however — whilst created and therefore not bound by whatever nature gives us — can have issues not found on its genuine brother. There have been reports of bubbling in synthetic teak decks as a result of adhesive gassing or trapped air bubbles. An experienced installer will be able to avoid this issue, but it remains an issue without any real-teak victims.

NewDek is a product where you will see the difference. NewDek manufactures Auto-adhesive sheets 5mm wide bicolor and brushed finished. Available in 2 colors: Brown-Black and Grey-Black. And has a high creative freedom. The sheets are printed. Logos can be printed in your deck in no time where ever you want. Issues are not yet clear. It’s a new product. But because it’s a Easy to install as it is an auto-adhesive product. We can imagine it can react also like synthetic teak, adhesive gassing and the wear and tear of this product will be higher then the other 2.

Environmental Impact

Teak, due to its unique and attractive properties, is in high demand and short supply.

On the issue of sustainability, there are many questions about the sustainability of teak production, as most of the teak used in yacht production is from natural forest growth principally from Burma. The problem is that the yachting community has a decade-old expectation of teak quality, and many yacht owners will only accept teak in long lengths with perfectly straight grain.

Such timber can only be produced by felling very old, naturally grown rainforest trees, which are  sometimes hundreds of years old, and are becoming more and more scarce as the last natural stands of forest are depleted. It is not renewable in the short term, since each tree needs decades of growth.

Synthetic teak has its own environmental qualms with its use of PVC; a substance that by its very nature isn’t particularly sustainable as it uses oil and chlorine in its production, two substances not particularly known for their ‘green’ status. However, this is often put against the fact that a synthetic deck will normally last for decades before needing replacing.

NewDek is made of cell EVA foam (ethylene vinyl acetate) EVA Foam is a soft, yet durable polymer of ethylene and vinyl acetate commonly used in flooring. The material is commonly used to manufacture flip-flops as it is soft without being sponge like.  One of the reasons EVA is superior to PVC in regards to health and environmental impacts is that it does not require the addition of chlorine (which leads to the generation of dioxin, a highly persistent carcinogen) and it doesn’t require plasticizers (like BPA or phthalates). However how long it will last on your deck we can’t give you an awnser to that. It won’t last as long as teak or synthetic teak and for that it will have a higher environmental impact.


One of the reasons teak got so popular in the first place is its resistance to the elements, and its natural oils that fight off algae and mould. It need only be cleaned with salt-water and rarely needs much further maintenance. Sunlight will cause teak to lighten to that ‘silvery grey’ that we all recognise. This is often the desired appearance of a teak deck and many will recognise a ‘fake’ deck from a mile away by its colour alone.

Despite the relative ease with which real teak can be properly maintained, that hasn’t stopped manufacturers of the synthetic varieties boasting of its almost complete lack of necessary maintenance. Synthetic teak has «very good resistance to heavy loads and blows.»

The caulking of a teak deck will require separate attention; bad or ill-maintained caulking can cause a host of problems, though an experienced installer will be privy to this and know how to avoid the issues.

Last but not least to think about, if you want to have your teak deck not the grey we all see on real teak decks but the new red teak colour you will have to clean and seal your deck every half year.

With NewDek we do not yet have experiences with long lasting decks. It’s UV resistance, has a low water absorption and easy to clean as they say.

In conclusion

Whether you choose to fit a deck with real teak or synthetic teak, chances are you’re going to be happy with your decision. These two options offer numerous benefits with few in the way of downsides.

Real teak on a boat is a very beautiful thing. It has taken a long time for the wood to grow and be selected. When an experienced woodworker gets his hands on it, it becomes art. Old growth teak is used because of the natural oil content, a natural preservative helping repeal saltwater and natural elements like the sun.

When Synthetic Decking came around there was a lot to be desired, over the years the consumer has voiced opinions causing the manufacturers to produce a more natural synthetic look. I personally love the look of a real teak deck, but would desire the maintenance of a synthetic.»

Those more appreciative of naturally occurring materials will enjoy the natural qualities of teak, along with the sound knowledge that the real stuff is always going to be more impressive on your yacht.

Synthetic teak offers benefits from a cost and maintenance point of view, and can be more easily sculpted. You can call the synthetic stuff: easier.

And If you are talking about easy, fast result for a shorter term of time and a low budget even NewDek could be a good solution. With his Auto Adhesive sheets the installation is done in a day where the installation of teak or synthetic teak will take a large installation time.

Any questions we have all material in our shop and all projects you can also see on boats in our area!

Hope to see you soon in our shop!

Un Saludo,

Patrick y Brenda
Carpintero Naval Patrick Klee

Our first project with NewDek Spain!

There is a new product on the market which makes it easy to get  an old deck in little time like new, with some great features and a sharp price!

NewDek is made of cell EVA foam, a high-resistance and flexible material. It’s a foamy composition and its non-skid finish what makes NewDek comfortable for in and outdoor surfaces to walk on with bear feet.

NewDek is low in maintenance, needs no screws to install in your deck and the installacion is really fast.

The characteristics of NewDek are:

  • Low water absorption
  • Non-skid even when wet
  • Shock absorption, reduce the fatigue by prolonged standing
  • Noice reduction
  • UV resistance
  • Easy clean
  • Easy to install as it is an auto-adhesive product

Newdek gegevens

NewDek manufactures Auto-adhesive sheets 5mm wide bicolor and brushed finished. Available in 2 colors: Brown-Black and Grey-Black.

It can be fit in a wide variety of surfaces: A deck of a boat, swim platforms, helm stations, Jet skis, surfboards, paddle surf boards, pneumatic boats, trailers, etc….

The material NewDek Teak or Grey are a €115,- a meter. This is exclusive making plantillas, digitalizing and installing NewDek)

Possibility is to frace your logo in your teak deck! It’s only € 50 a unit.

How does it work? We will make an estimate, when approved we will make templates of your deck or floor. The templates will be made digital and printed out. When ready we will install NewDek in one day. (Important that the deck is clean of any dirt and has no bumps)

Pass by the shop if you want to have more information about NewDek.

Un Saludo,

Patrick y Brenda

Carpintero Naval Patrick Klee
Avnd. Joan Fuster 2B
03700 Denia (Alicante)

Cleaning, Sealing and restoring the colour of your teak deck, without monthly reply?

Teakwood is rich in color and timeless on your boat or garden. Teak wood is treasured as the best suited wood for use aboard boats, as decking on ships and as the choice material for premier outdoor furniture.

However these uses present the harshest of environments.  Over time the sun and weather will cause surface erosion leading to discoloration, mildew, graying etc….

Many people enter our shop with the question how to prevent the teak will go grey without working day and night on the boat cleaning it?

There are a variety of «teak oils» on the market for the protection of teak, these usually consist of linseed or tung oil mixed with mineral spirits.  When first applied to the wood these oils impart a nice finish to the wood, but left outdoors teak oils wear away in weeks and requires re-coating.  With each re-coat the oiled finish becomes darker and the surface becomes sticky and collects dirt.  The organic waste from these oils provides a wonderful garden patch for the growth of mold and mildrew.  In a very short period of time the wood requires a complete re-cleaning.

Varnish, polyurethane and polymer finishes apply a coating to the wood that will eventually be pushed off by the natural teak oil coming to the surface. The owner is then faced with the major job of stripping and sanding the teak before re-finishing.

If teak has been allowed to weather, the grey and any mildew must be removed before finishing the wood.  The cleaning process is harsh on the wood and may contribute to a rough surface if repeated many times.

When teak is newly milled or has been sanded with a mechanical sander the heat from those processes will burnish or polish the natural oils in the wood.  The dust created from sanding teak is very fine and oily, and it will clog the pores of the wood.  These two phenomena cause the «waxy» feeling the wood has when it is new.  This burnished oil and dust must be removed piror to finishing. The finish will not soak into the burnished areas and the dust will absorb the finish and eventually be washed away causing a blotchy appearance.

To clean weathered teak, Carpintero Naval Patrick Klee offers SEMCO Two Part Teak Cleaner.  This product is easy to use and will produce dramatic results.

To preserve the teak in its natural color for an extended period of time, we are proud to offer SEMCO Teak Sealer, SEMCO Teak Sealer is a solvent based teak finish with water like viscosity containing pigments, midewide, UV inhibitors and moisture protection.  SEMCO does not contain silicone, varnish, polymers or exotic oils.

When SEMCO Teak Sealer is properly applied to teak, the wood will look as if it has nothing on it, yet it will not turn gray or support the growth of mildew.  Surface soil can be washed away with mild detergent, and with seasonal recoating the teak will be preserved in its natural state for many years.

If you still have doubts about our work please look at our last project photo (Before and after Semco cleaning and sealing). We cleaned and 2 x sealed this deck. For the coming 6 months there will be no maintenance necessary. After 6 months we will have check on this deck. When the first few grey small spots will disappear (Between 6 months and a year, depends on the weather conditions and cleanings you have done on the deck) we won’t need to clean it again and 2x seal your deck again. We will only have to seal it with one coat for the next 6 months.

For more information about cleaning and sealing your deck (or your terras) please pass by our shop or call us. We will pass by your boat or garden to check the status of the wood. We will do a test so you can right away see the result and offer you a quote to clean and seal your deck.

Important is that if we clean and seal your deck you can’t be walking on your deck for 3 days! So off season will be the right time to do this or during the week…the weekends are of course to enjoy your boat!

Let me remind you of our winter rebate! When you will treat your deck between October and April we will give you a 10% rebate on all working hours!

Hope to see you soon in our shop, have a great summer!

Patrick and Brenda

Carpintero Naval Patrick Klee
Avnd. Joan Fuster 2B
03700 Denia (Alicante)

Mobile: +34 699 525 407 (Patrick Klee)
Shop: +34 685 125 586 (Brenda Ketel)

Opening hours: Monday till Saturday from 9.30-13.30 hours!

Gone Sailing…..

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When the temperature rises in Denia to a record in July….the boats are sailing out to enjoy a new summer here at the beautiful Costa Blanca. In this time of the year, we do not think about the maintenance of the boat. No, not at all…we enjoy the summer and navigate to the most beautiful places…that’s on the agenda!

And you are right!

Carpintero Naval is also participating! We will be closed from the 14th of August till the 11th of September. (Only for emergencies you can always call us) but big projects such as for example a new teak deck we won’t do in high-summer. Not only because we also want to enjoy the summer but also because the products in full sun won’t give the quality where we stand for.

After the summer a fresh start! The best time of the year will be winter time to put a new teak deck on your boat, replace joints or do repairs to the deck. The temperature is ideal and also important there is time! The last few years we have noticed that a lot of projects we do are last minute just before the summer starts.

You should know that this is a huge challenge for us every year. Also the last few years the projects are getting bigger and bigger. To maintain the quality of the work we want to deliver but also to guarantee the time/planning we are trying to get the work from “Last minute” to the winter time. So not from March till July but from October till February.

After you have enjoyed the summer with some beautiful memories with your boat you will have a fresh memory of what needs to be done for maintenance on your boat. After the summer we have time to visit your boat with you to make a rapport about the condition your boat is in. What is the quality of your teak deck? What maintenance has to be done on your boat this winter? We will advice you about all the work what needs to be done.

Just to make sure that not like last years all the maintenance will be done last minute before summer, we decided to give you this winter 2017/2018 a free maintenance rapport for your teak deck incl. a rebate of 10% when you approve the maintenance rapport to be done between October and February.

For more information you can give Patrick a call or pass by the shop. We are open from Monday till Saturday in the morning from 9.30-13.30 hours.

Un Saludo but most of all have a nice summer!

Enjoy the summer and we hope to see you in the winter, t get your boat on track again for the next beautyful summer to come!

Patrick y Brenda

Por favor no dude en pasar y conocer a Patrick o Brenda en la tienda!

La galería de exposición y tienda en todo tipo de productos marinos de calidad, ¨Carpintero Naval¨, ha crecido en estos años como negocio de madera de teca de alta calidad. Desde julio de 2015, es la primera distribuidora en España de productos marinos Bostik.

Patrick Klee como carpintero especializado en la Marina, empezó hace 15 años. Hoy en día en ciertas temporadas su equipo oscila entre 5 a 6 personas trabajando a tiempo completo en cubiertas de teca. En la galería, lugar ideal para poderse reunir , ofrece la venta de madera y productos adhesivos Bostik Marina de primera calidad !

Por favor no dude en pasar y conocer a Patrick o Brenda en la tienda donde también podrá encontrar y comprar todos los productos de teca para ser utilizado en el mundo marino por ejemplo: Bostik Adhesives, cubiertas de teca de primera calidad, Marine Ply, accesorios de teca de ARC Marine, Epifanes Yacht coating, Dulon 1,2,3 cleaning, Epoxi y materiales de Boat visión.

Estamos orgullosos de ser también  los distribuidores preferido de ARC Marine! El estilo de vida definitivo en deportes acuáticos. ARC Marine es uno de los principales proveedores mundiales de envío de madera de teca y equipo deportivo, iluminación de nave, sillas director, bisagras de cobre amarillo , cerraduras y otros accesorios de deportes acuáticos. Desde 1973 ha sido elegido por la alta calidad, lujo, fiabilidad y durabilidad, en el sector barco de crucero, puertos y astilleros.

Tenemos un catálogo de todos los productos que vendemos en España. Usted puede conseguir uno en la tienda!

¡Por último pero no menos importante! Estamos ampliando el estándar de producto Bostik marinos en nuestra tienda. Además de los adhesivos tenemos limpiadores, imprimaciones, adhesivo de 2 componentes y por supuesto los materiales para trabajar con todos los productos marinos de la Bostik!

Nota de Patrick Klee:

Bienvenido a mi tienda. Vamos a hacer una galería -tienda para compartir conocimiento y productos de alta calidad!

El mes que viene estaremos en Mets, Amsterdam. Compartiendo todos los productos y proyectos con otros especialistas a nivel mundial. ¿Estarás allí? Si es así, por favor reunámonos en Mets!

De regreso de Mets compartiremos en el boletín las nuevas innovaciones del mundo marino y también en nuestra nueva página web (estamos trabajando en ello y esperamos lanzarlo principios de 2016).

Un Saludo,

Patrick Klee