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NandoNando Posts: 569 Crazy Baller
I don't get it (okay, I don't get a lot of things, but...) I was looking on SIA and there are two of the best looking ProStars ever yet they have teak platforms. Did a quick check of the other Mastercraft listings and all but two of the new boats were teak. Having just spent a couple of hours on my CC platform to get it looking good, I can't see why anyone would go with a wood platform- I mean, it's the only piece of wood on the whole boat- they've gone to great lengths to get rid of all the other wood on boats and yet we keep this one piece. And they're hard on ski bottoms (especially if they're oiled regularly)- give me a nice piece of maintenance-free fiberglass with a nice soft SeaDek covering!


  • fox197fox197 Posts: 107 Baller
    Agree 100% My prostar has fibreglass and can't go wrong
  • LeonLLeonL Posts: 2,414 Crazy Baller
    SeaDek doesn't last forever. It takes punishment from the sun and dries out and deteriorates. The older CC fiberglass platforms with rubber or whatever, gets funky down in the depressions and it skies serious brush scrubbing to keep it clean. And they crack from UV exposure. For me, give me teak!
    Leon Leonard Stillwater Lake KY - SR Driver SR Judge
  • supersonicussupersonicus Posts: 135 Baller
    +1 for teak.
  • thompjsthompjs Posts: 542 Solid Baller
    Just slap some Watco Teak Oil on it from time to time.
  • MrBMrB Posts: 146 Baller
    I love my teak when it's clean and oiled. BUT, I'm tired of it. I'd like to try fiberglass.
  • oldjeepoldjeep Posts: 3,686 ★★★Triple Panda Award Recipient ★★★
    Sure are pretty, but who needs the maintenance.
    Chuck P
    Not a mechanic but I play one at home
  • smalorsmalor Posts: 69 Baller
    Teak on my 89 Centurian it
  • BulldogBulldog Posts: 1,033 Crazy Baller
    I LOVE my fiberglass platform. It's the only way to go IMO.
    Mike Loeffler - "Someone somewhere is having a real problem today...My bad skiing is NOT one of them"
  • jedgelljedgell Posts: 360 Baller
    Just doesn't look right to have a $50,000+ high tech boat with a wood platform.
    Justin Edgell - Bozeman, MT
  • PatMPatM Posts: 774 Crazy Baller
    I paid extra for teak on my 09 SN. The fiberglass ones I saw got beat up. I clean it once a season and never oiled it. Oil gets on the ski and just adds dirt.
  • RichardDoaneRichardDoane Posts: 4,488 Mega Baller
    @jedgell - I disagree, my prostar with the teak platform looks sweet, and if it gets a scratch/nick then a little sandpaper fixes it with a teak oil touch up, try that when you get a chip in the fiberglass step, or the cat scratches your seadeck
    BallOfSpray Pacific Northwest Vice President of Event Management, aka "Zappy"
  • bajabaja Posts: 249 Baller
    Like them both. I have teak on my 94 ProStar 205 and Fiberglass on the 2007 LXI. I oiled the teak annually for the first 10 years to restore the color. Now I've let it mature to the natural grey of all outdoor woods and it should last another 21 years no problem.
  • BroussardBroussard Posts: 471 Crazy Baller
    In my opinion the teak platforms look better and nicks can be easily fixed unlike fiberglass.
    Andre Broussard | SkiBama Team Captain | SkiBennetts |
  • rabrab Posts: 71 Baller
    I love the classic look of teak but I also like the extra grip from a fiberglass platform with rubber on it. I slipped off a teak platform that was oiled a bit too much and broke my pinky toe.
  • Ed_ObermeierEd_Obermeier Posts: 1,345 Crazy Baller
    You guys who say teak is no maintenance please explain that to me. IMO no maintainence = looks like crap.

    I've had both. Love the look of well maintained teak like on my '05 LXI but liked the functionality of the padded FG platform I had on my '00 Supra Legacy a whole lot more. Like @thompjs said just keep some Watco teak oil on it (after sanding it down to bare wood once) and it looks like new regardless of age.
    Ed Obermeier - owner, EZ-Slalom Course Systems
  • ozskiozski Posts: 1,706
    I don't care as long as the bottom of my very expensive ski is not getting scratched up. I've got a bunch of little nicks in the front of my Quest from hopping off the back. Changed my technique a little with the Helix and its not as bad. At the end of the day I'm going to say no to both, give me carbon fiber please, modern, super cool and less weight over the back of the boat.
    'Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try Again. Fail again. Fail better.'' 2021 MC As soon as it lands Ski - KD Platinum

  • aupatkingaupatking Posts: 1,554 Mega Baller
    This used too be a shopping mall, now it's all mountains and rivers.
    Teak is pretty. +1 Teak. This should have been a poll
  • socalskiersocalskier Posts: 62 Baller
    Teak all the way. Prettier and way better for sliding off with jumpers. Very easy to fix a nick in the teak and very hard to fix the fiberglass. Like the godfather said, "It's tradition"!
  • HallpassHallpass Posts: 215 Crazy Baller
    Teak all the way. One of the things I do not like about modern boats are the fiberglass platforms.
  • Dacon62Dacon62 Posts: 802 Crazy Baller
    Teak looks great if you keep it up=work. Won't go back to it.
  • savaiusinisavaiusini Posts: 407 Water Ski Industry Professional
    My Prostar originally came with fiberglass and I sold it for more than it cost to buy a new teak one... I second @richarddoane's comments. If you get a scratch, sand it out real quick and slap a fresh coat what ever you use on it. I use this stuff and swear by it.

    Sam Avaiusini - Operations Manager, HO Sports Company, Snoqualmie, WA
  • aupatkingaupatking Posts: 1,554 Mega Baller
    It says enough that there are no pictures of beautiful fiberglass decks. I get that the things are 100% functional. Their function, over a shorter lifespan does not outweigh the aesthetics and long term function with minimum upkeep. At least, not to me.
    Totally opinion though. I actually like to spend a little time with wood. Gotta say too, my Connelly Hook on the shelf is way prettier than my Vapor. I won't be skiing on that Hook.
  • GAJ0004GAJ0004 Posts: 1,095 Baller
    I would rather have a teak platform. If properly maintained it can take more punishment from every day use from skiing. Mine is 20 years old and still looks as good as it did the day I brought it home, but it has required maintenance. I want to see what a fiberglass platform looks like after 1700 hours. If I did get a boat with a fiberglass platform I would get it in white, and I would cover all the fiberglass parts with shrink wrap tape to protect the finish, an idea I picked up from Randy Meny.
    Gary Janzig Streetsboro Ohio, skis at Lake Latonka, Mercer Pennsylvania slalom,trick,kneeboard,barefoot
  • slowslow Posts: 418 Crazy Baller
    Better things to do with my time then maintain a teak platform
  • skibugskibug Posts: 2,097
    Teak all the way. We have a 2012 TXi and found a 2008 LXi teak platform to slap on it. The fiberglass platforms tend to get all beat up, nicked up, etc. Also, the sea deck foam doesn't last forever. $150 to replace it and a lot of work to get the old stuff off.
    Bob Grizzi
  • rockdogrockdog Posts: 638 Crazy Baller
    Wow, shocked at how many think it's difficult maintenance, I'd hate to see the maintenance paid to the rest of their boat. Light rub and clean and oil recoat once a year it probably the easiest part of keeping my boat tip-top.
  • swc5150swc5150 Posts: 2,433 ★★★Triple Panda Award Recipient ★★★
    How are you guys beating up your composite platforms? I've had a few of them now, and have never even come close to putting a ding in one. With that said, I have zero maintenance hours on my composite, versus lots on my old teak. Maintaining teak properly takes more than a single layer of oil on the sunny side. Teak does look nice though.
    Scott Calderwood
  • dthatedthate Posts: 182 Baller
    Wood is good....
  • andjulesandjules Posts: 843 Mega Baller
    I don't necessarily agree that it's more durable (it certainly might be) or that it requires no maintenance (it doesn't take much).

    @Cumby85 said it all: It looks awesome.
    Go look at the dash of a Rolls Royce, or a Bentley. Tell me if it's wood or plastic.
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