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First, are the teak rails over a cored section of the deck.

If so, then I would drill each screw hole oversized and fill it with thickened epoxy and let it set. Then re-drill for the screws. That way, the thickened epoxy will protect the core and give the screws something a bit more substantial to bite into. However, it would be better would be through-bolting the rails than screw them.

In any case, I would drill a small countersink into each of the screw holes in the deck. This will allow the sealant to form an "o-ring" at each spot. As for the sealant, I would use 3M 101 or BoatLife Life Calk. They're both really good for use on oily woods like teak.

I hope this helps.
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