The Teak Decking Systems reefing hook removes caulk and other flexible materials from teak seams. Hook scrapes caulk and other seam sealants once they have been freed using a razor knife.
It leaves minimal material residue that can be easily cleaned with a hand sander such as Teak Decking Systems Seam Sander. Designed for a long life span, this reefing hook was made with hand comfort in mind, making prepping your teak for caulking a breeze.
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HelloI am removing caulk from the channels on the deck of my 1957 Century boat. The deck is a light color holly wood and the caulk is hard as rock. The channels are V shaped and I am hoping the the reefing hook is not square but more V shape? Also, do you have a chemcial application to soften the old caulk for removal? Also, the caulk you recommend is? Thank youRob Hilliard
I bought a small router to help get out the old caulk. It worked pretty well as long as I took my time so that I didn't run out of the groove into the teak. There is also a special grout removing tool available with the very expensive Fein? Tool that I didn't buy. I also used the reefing hook especially in places where the router didn't fit. It was labor intensive but it did work. Then I used a knife to get it off the edges. This is a very labor intensive job that you probably won't get perfect but with patience and hard work you will be happy with the end results.
The reefing knife is square unfortunately. I was not impressed with it even though my decks grooves are square. I had better luck using a file that I had heated the point (part where a handle can be fitted on)red hot and bent it about 110 degrees then sharpened it to make my own reefing hook. However I only used it in areas I could not use my mini router with a guide I had made. Not much help if you want to keep the channels V shaped. I was very impressed with the Teak Decking System caulk. Good luck.
Hi Rob,I bought the hook last year. I works brilliantly, but it is square in shape at the foot. Not sure it would be ideal for your v shaped channels. You could grind the end to the required shape I suppose.Hope this helps.RegardsJames
The hook is more square. Sorry. But, buy it anyway. We used it a LOT. We used a small saw to cut the old caulk away from each teak strip first. You may be able to angle the saw to fit your grooves. After cutting, we then reefed out the old caulk with the reefing hook. Then sanded the deck, sanded inside each groove with a paint stick with sand paper on both sides, then vacuumed each groove, then acetoned each groove, then taped the entire deck, then vacuumed and acetoned again. THEN laid the new caluking. Tedious, yes, but the results were spectacular.You can see step-by-step pictures on our Facebook page SV Shameless. Under Albums, Teak Deck Repair. We used Teak Decking Systems black caulk. It has held up fabulously! Good luck!
The reefing hook is square and works well for square sealant joints. It could work for vee-shaped joints if they are 45 degrees each side. Note that vee-shaped joints make poor sealant joints, not recommended by the sealant industry.
Hook is tapered some but not v shaped. Don't know of anything that will soften caulking. I had success with a Drammel Saw Max bought at Home Depot to rout out seams. I used Boat Life Life Caulk.
The hook is flat, not "v" shaped.I prefer the TDS-SIS 440 sealant.
The hook is square ended but could be ground to a V shape if needed. It was useful removing old poly-sulfide pliable rubber seam sealer. Fein multi-tool blade very useful too.
Reefing hook is square on end, not v-shaped. Worked perfectly for me removing caulk from conventional old teak deck on my Cheoy Lee. However, the caulk was quite soft and rubbery.
will the reefing hook fit in joints that range from 1/8"-3/16"?
Yes! This tool was invaluable during our 1988 Norseman 400 teak deck re-seam! The boat building veteran of 30+ years who guided us through the process bought several for his business after using ours. Highly recommend this tool.
Yes, it will fit. This tool was invaluable during our 1988 Norseman teak deck re-seam. The 30+ year boat building veteran who guided us through the process bought several for his business after trying this tool. We all highly recommend!
Sorry I never was able to use it
I don't believe it fits into a 1/8th joint. Looks like the3 standard 3/16th is about it.
great reefing tool
great tool worth the money
st Simons Island Georgia
Must-have tool for caulk replacement
Makes a tough job much easier
West Chester, PA
Excellent, well- made product
The combination of this company's reefing hook and sander makes prepping teak decks for recaulking much faster and neater. Inexpensive way to get very satisfying results to a tedious job.
Deck work dream
Works so much better than bent files or scew drivers. The only issue would be the price, but if you have a lot of seam to ream, you will need this tool.
Made the deck recalk easy
Great product to get that caulking out of the seams on my exterior teak decks!