Reader Susie Burall sent me this note with an easy way to clean green teak (I’m guessing/hoping it might also work on fiberglass that’s picked up green, too):
Our teak gets very green in the winter and we don’t like to pressure hose it or scrub it. A good Dutch friend gave us this tip and it works really well.
Put one part vinegar (I use white or distilled) to three parts water and simply spray on and leave.
The next visit, just hose down and it will be free of verdigris! You might want to eat fish and chips at the same time!
We don’t teak oil the deck because we prefer the grey colour. We use the same method on our teak garden furniture in the spring.
Susie also sent me this photo of their boat Kerenza (Cornish for ‘much loved’) on her journey back to the UK from Sweden where she was built. The picture was taken in the Kiel Canal. She is a 38ft Najad – the same size and type of boat that Jeanne Socrates sailed single handed round the world.
I love the gorgeous teak decks, but yes, it would be a lot of work to scrub them free of green every spring. I love the idea of just spraying as you’re ready to leave the boat one visit, and then rinsing on the next visit!
She and her David have been sailing/cruising for 25 years out of the UK — first on a 29 foot Beneteau, then a 36ft Sigma, 2 Oysters (one 43 and the other 47 ft) and now the Najad. In 1992 they sailed round Britain and did the ARC in 1999, in addition to chartering in various locations around the world.