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post #5 of Old 10-13-2012
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Re: Teak Decks

Teak decks look great, and are the best non skid available IMHO. Unfortunately, teak decks can leak into the core and the resulting nightmare repair makes any boat with screwed down teak decks a deal killer for me. There are numerous threads here and elsewhere that detail the unbelievable amount of work required to repair a rotten core. If you are only going to use the boat during the summer and store it indoors for the winter and the teak deck looks to be in excellent shape you might luck out with her, but since there are so many other boats that don't have them I would still reject it. Our current boat had teak decks and we factored in the cost to remove them (well, we thought we did) and immediately tore them off and laid down glass and non skid. We lucked out and the core was fine, but I sleep a lot better knowing there aren't a couple thousand screw holes leading into the balsa and that all the deck hardware holes are potted with epoxy. Just my two cents on the subject.

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