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Sounds like the deck support is starting to go or the deck is delaminating. Creaking is generally caused by the deck flexing...if it just started, then the deck is flexing more than it was before.
It is either because the deck is getting more flexible... i.e. delaminating, or that the supports under the deck are starting to give way, i.e. bulkheads breaking away from the deck, etc.
First thing to do is to check the deck for water intrusion, with a moisture meter.
You don't say whether this boat has a teak deck or not. Many older boats with a teak deck have moisture intrusion and delamination caused by water getting into the deck core through the screws that hold the teak deck to the underlying fiberglass deck. If this is the case, the creaking is probably caused by the teak deck moving, rather than the core of the fiberglass deck.
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