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Rolex Middle Sea Race Malta 2012 – Sailing Event

Rolex Middles Sea Race Malta 2012 Sailing

Rolex Middle Sea Race Malta 2012

With less than two weeks away from the start of the Rolex Middle Sea Race, the entry list has just topped the 90th boat, registered during the weekend at the Royal Malta Yacht Club.

Rolex Middles Sea Race Malta 2012 Sailing

Excitement is running high as this record fleet will include at least 17 countries which will be joining the seven-boat Malta fleet for the Mediterranean classic race starting from Grand Harbour on October 20. As usual, the largest contingent is from Italy with 29 boats of all shapes and sizes, with the next big group of 13 boats coming, quite unexpectedly, from Russia followed closely by 12 UK boats.

This record edition should produce a gruelling challenge, considering also the strong German force of seven boats while next in line are five Austrian boats, four from Croatia, three Czechs, two Irish and a single representation from France, Monaco, South Africa, Switzerland, Greece, Gibraltar, Ukraine and Spain.

The regatta unites a variety of world classic yachts, particularly this year with a strong fleet of five maxis, another milestone in the decade-long history since the first involvement of Rolex as main the race’s sponsors. Maxi yachts are breathtaking in action. Their big size alone is impressive and with their state-of-the-art technology they sail with effortless elegance at times faster than the wind.

Indeed, the Rolex MSR has become more than just a race, it is now an icon among sporting challenges attracting also other big boats that range from 19m to over 21m. First-rate sailors gather on our captivating island this month to race with their big, medium and small boats – all have keen rivalry between their spirited crews to master this famous challenge and achieve the ultimate goal.

If ever there was a race course that linked the past with the present, myth with historical fact, natural beautiful harbours with man-made wonders, the Rolex MSR, starting in Valletta, would be it.

Synthetic Boat Decking

Synthetic Boat Decking

Today's boats utilise many advanced modern materials. Carbon fibre and GRP provide structural strength, Kevlar in our ropes and sails give us higher breaking strains and greater product life while stainless steel has made rust a thing of the past. Now it's the turn of decking to be treated to a modern, high-tech upgrade.

Dek-King Synthetic Boat Decking is a superb alternative to wooden decking that can be applied to almost any surface including GRP, steel and timber. Its flexible composite structure makes it impressively non-slip and this feature continues even when the deck is running in salt water.

Synthetic Boat Decking

Ideal for either DIY or boat builders, Dek-King is supplied in easy to handle welded sheets. A craft knife and adhesive spreader are the only other tools required for the installation of our Synthetic Boat Decking.

Its unique dovetailed under structure creates both an adhesive bond and equally importantly a mechanical bond once the glue has cured. This “locking” of the adhesive insures that the Dek-King  remains firmly fixed down for life, yet still allows the boat to flex naturally.

Synthetic Boat Decking

DEK-KING, while almost indistinguishable from its traditional timber forerunner, features the kind of benefits that sophisticated scientific and production technology can provide. The colour fast pigmenting and in-built 'graining' are totally convincing. Each profile incorporates a 'caulking edge and the end result will look simply awesome.

The average handyman will be fully able to install completed panels. For those wishing to be more involved a simple craft knife is all that is required to cut your own shapes from pre- welded sheets

Application: Lay the Dek-King  panel in place. Spread the adhesive (just like tiling) with a notched spreader. Lay the pre-cut joined decking back down, firming down as you go.

Durability: Unlike wood, Dek-king requires no further oiling, varnishing, sanding or scraping. Cleaning is simple and can be achieved using adhesive removal wipes.

Life: Dek-King is fully UV stabilised and since it is coloured throughout its thickness will retain its classic appearance for many, many years.

Installing Synthetic Teak Decks on Boats

Today, one will find a number of synthetic teak decking alternatives available that look good and are almost maintenance free. Depending on the complexity of the project and your  skills, installing DEK-KING synthetic teak might be a good DIY project.

Many of our customers settle for DEK-KING PVC decking because our material is very easy to install. Not to mention that out material keeps it looks and does not fade of change colour by time. Some material on the market tend to change their colour to a greenish tint. This happens mainly due to inferior raw materials used in the manufacturing process.

Each Boat project breaks down into four main steps:

1) Making the template

2) Rough-cutting and gluing the PVC teak strips together to form large panels

3) Cutting to size and attaching borders around the edges of those panels and guiling them together.

4) Gluing the mat down on the boat with our specially formulated bottom decking adhesive.

To perform the job in reality all you require is a utility knife, but it helps if you have other tools like a mitre cutters to cut andles easily and quickly.

For templating, one can either use cardboard or thick plastic sheets.

This is very imprortant - the finished job depends entirely on how accurately the template is transferred to the material and how precisely it iscut and glued. A strong, solid working surface and good light are imperative.

Rough cut the strips of planking a bit longer than needed. To ensure all panel seams are perfectly straight, work against a straight piece of wood screwed to the bench, and screw the first plank down outside the area that will become the deck.

Run a line of  Stelmax adhesive down the top inside edge of the tongue, and then draw the groove of the next plank into the tongue—gluing only the top of each tongue. The glue sets in just a minute or two.

From the pencil line on the template, add whatever additional width the template calls for and mark the outside dimensions of the finished panel. Subtract from that the width of the border strip to determine where the main panel must be cut.

Mark the centerline of the template and also a corresponding line on the teak deck panel, cut small diamond-shaped windows in the template to align the two, and tape the template down with the same half-moon cuts used aboard the boat. Cut through the template and about two-thirds through the synthetic teak, and tape the template back together after each cut, again to maintain the integrity of the template.

Remove the template, finish the cut, and clean edges with a small block plane.  Move your body, not your hand. You’ll get more control and smoother cuts by doing so.  Never use a straightedge for long cuts as the blade invariably wanders, unnoticed.  Also make sure to keep the knife blade exactly vertical so joints fit tightly and nicely without any harline gaps.

Borders (Product name - WDK102) are one teak plank and one seam wide, glued around the perimeter of the deck and typically along both edges of hatches. The work seems simple, but cutting and fitting borders, particularly at corners, takes time and patience.

Cut the finished-panel corners and trim the edges with a block plane and 40-grit sandpaper, and sand imperfections in seams, always with the grain no against.

Before gluing the panels to boat decks you must clean the deck and the panel backs with denatured alcohol. Dry-fit and precisely mark panel edges. Tape off small sections three foot squares are ideal. Squeeze adhesive out of the tube and spread the glue with an adhesive spreader. Pull the tape, set the panel in place and check the marks, then carefully roll all air pockets out with a flooring roller, working from the center toward the edges. Glue the next section before the first section dries.

The overriding concern is air pockets either where trapped air isn’t rolled out, glue isn’t spread evenly, or pressure from a knee or elbow squeezes glue thin in one spot. The result of any of the three is a raised bubble in the deck that will require time consuming repairs. Knee pads and thick pieces of "closed cell" foam spread the load while working. Please note that the adhesive cures completely after 60 hours.

You can Gallon water jugs and plywood or pieces of lead or steel to weight the corners and edges until glue sets. Clean excess adhesive with denatured alcohol and a ready supply of small rags which you can throw away after use.

All it takes to maintain that freshly laid synthetic teak is soap and water when washing the boat, and an occasional good scrubbing or even powerwashing.

Boat Flooring alternative

Boat Flooring alternative

Teakforboats.com (Teak for boats) offers boat builders and restorers an alternative to traditional wooden decking synthetic teak deck has a textured non-slip surface that is very easy to maintain.

Dek-king decking profiles thickness measures just 5 mm (a bit over 3/16" thick), it is flexible enough to conform to surfaces that aren't flat. You install it by gluing it down to a clean surface with a one part adhesive.

One considerable advantage of laying a synthetic deck as compared to a natural wood deck is that you don't have to drill any holes for screws, thus you don't compromise the structural integrity of the underlying deck. And the installation is much easier than with real wood because synthetic decking can be cut easily with a sharp utility knife (we supply this tool as well), and most of the caulking required for teak decking is eliminated.

Synthetic teak decking  requires little maintenance—occasional washing keeps it in good shape. Pressure washing is feasible. For surface damage, the decking can be sanded, as both the color and the grain extend through the entire thickness.Though different brands of synthetic teak decking may look quite similar, there are some major differences in design and installation.

Dek-king Boat Flooring alternative uses basic building blocks that consist of individual sections measuring 5cm wide and come in 10 meter coils. These sections feature tongue-and-groove joints, with integrated caulking. The legnths can be laid straight, or can take a slight bend if required to conform to the deck's contours.

For applications where wide sections of straight planking are required, we also supply a wider, 3-plank section, (item number WDK108) which cuts down on installation time and effort. Unlike other materials, our decking can be installed but DIY and professionals alike as not special installation tools are required.

In a recent independent test done the the SAIL Magazine US Edition of January 2011 - DEK-KING received high marks from the entire SAIL staff. Their comments were the following

"Another strong candidate aesthetically, Dek-King provides an excellent combination of wood-like appearance and texture, without being in any way “hairy.” It received high marks from the entire SAIL staff, and includes unique T-shaped grooves on its bottom surface that, in theory, promote stronger adhesion"

For enquiries please contact us by email or phone by visiting  http://www.teakforboats.com

Versatile synthetic teak decking used for many different applications

Many different applications for DEK-KING Synthetic Decking

In the past we have seen shops, bathrooms and balconies but now it can also be seen on a car.

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This versatile synthetic teak decking can be used for many different applications where quality, durability and style are required. The flexible nature of the product also allows curved surfaces that would rule out teak decking to be covered.