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It is not really possible to get an estimate for teak deck replacement that is all that accurate. The reason being is that you are not only replacing the teak decks but often the structural deck and often some of, or all of, the deck beams below. Usually, by the time that the teak needs replacement, the substrate (which is usually plywood or balsa cored) is shot as well, and many boats with teak decks also have wood or wood cored deck beams which can rot as well.
It is one thing to replace a deck and deck beams when you are at the factory and have the patterns and molds, and another entirely when you are doing this from scratch.
If you do a search there are earlier discussions about the cost of teak replacement on this site. The number of $1,000 per foot of boat length sounds consistent with my recollection, but that was only for replacing the teak deck replacement itself. I have also heard a quote of $150 to $200 per square foot, but again that was only for the teak deck in place. You still need to allow perhaps half to three quarters of that above that for rebuilding the sub-deck. It may be less but you won't know until you remove the teak deck.
Another often hidden cost is the cost of removing and reinstalling the deck hardware. This can be a very big number in itself, especially since the mounting holes are not visible on the finished deck. Experienced yards will generally produce templates, and check them after the hardware has been removed, but before the teak decking has been removed. You need to make sure that any quotes include this templating and reinstalling the hardware.
Frankly, here in the states the norm is to simply remove the teak, restore the sub-deck and end up with painted or gelcoated fiberglass decks. Interestingly enough, on some of the models which I have been tracking, there does not seem to be any difference in resale price between boats with new teak decks vs boats with new glass decks, with the glass decked boats sometimes seemingly fetching a little more.
For me, teak decks are a deal killer. I don't care whether the decks are brand new or 20 years old, I, and many, if not most, folks that I have discussed this with (especially those who have alread had teak decks), would not buy a boat that had teak decks under any circumstance simply because teak is hot under foot, does not dry quickly, supports mold, stains clothes and cushions when wet, is high maintenance and you cannot tell readily tell what is happening with the structural deck below the teak.
Noticing that you live in Florida and having owned a boat with partial teak decks in Florida, I would suggest you look for a boat that is better suited to your venue.
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