First job was to remove the stainless steel strip which is held in place by 120 screws, this revealed some damage which would need attention.
Next job was to find a suitable filler which would provide a good match and fill the gaps, I wasnt too worried about the finish as most of this would be covered by the Stainless Steel Strip.
A visit to Pirates Cave proved fruitful and I purchased a tin of Brummer exterior wood filler which is waterproof and designed for marine applications along with others.
I managed to fill all of the gaps as well as the screw holes, although this stuff goes off quickly so you cant hang around too long.
The following weekend I arrived in ernest and within 30 minutes I had sanded back the filler to an acceptable standard and was reasonably happy with the repair.
The next decision was whether or not to just leave the teak open to the elements or to treat with an oil.
Varnishing was not an option as you are consigning yourself to a life time of labour each year, I had been impressed with a friends boat a couple of years ago who swore by Dutch Oil as it seals the wood and can be over coated every couple of years.
Another visit to Pirates Cave to purchase some Deks Olje, not the cheapest at almost £30 a tin but money well spent.
I managed to get 3 good coats on and found it very easy to apply before I left for the day.
I wanted to replace all of the screws to ensure a good fixing and some of them were beyond their useful life anyway, so as I would be refixing in the original screw holes I opted for M8 size as opposed to M6 which gave a tight fit.
Part of the strip was bent due to the damage so I managed to straighten it to a certain degree using a vice, although I found it still pulling the screws out once fixed.
Another trip to pirates cave for some additional stainless steel fixings and I managed to get the job finished.
Here are the additional fixings I used, I also had to use 3 longer screws which are phillips heads instead of slot head. I will get around to changing them to match.
In total the cost came in at under £50 including screws, oil and filler so think I made the right decision!