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Screwed down teak decks over cored decks are not only subject to leakage, but to delamination and core rot—which become very expensive repairs.
I agree with TB on keeping them natural... anything else is really way too much maintenance.
Teak decks look nice, and are fairly good in terms of non-skid surface and often fit the character of an older, more classically designed boat.
However, they tend to be hot underfoot in the direct sun. They have some serious maintenance issues, like replacing bungs, deck leaks, caulking, etc. They're also fairly heavy and add significant weight to the boat.
If you're going to replace a teak deck or install one, patching the holes, after making sure that the deck hasn't got a rotten core, and then gluing the new deck down is probably a good idea, if you must have a teak deck.
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a boat to the sea you don't love, she'll shake you off just as sure as the turning of the worlds. Love keeps
her going when she oughta fall down, tells you she's hurting 'fore she keens. Makes her a home.
—Cpt. Mal Reynolds, Serenity (edited)
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