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Fortunately replacing a teak deck is one monetary hara-kiri I have missed amongst various financial shipwrecks over my years of boat-owning. It’s the type of cost that underpins the jokes about boat expenses: a hole in the water, boat dollars, “if you have to ask…”, etc. There are items that any sensible, dollar-constrained boat buyer should simply, always, walk away from (my personal list being): colored gelcoat hulls, lots of varnished teak, cored hulls, steel keels, Taiwan boats, and …teak decks.
Aside from maintenance, teak decks are subject to wear, the wear can open bungs or eventually expose the fasteners. I think the question is only WHEN, not if, the decks need to be replaced. Since most owners won’t take on a repair like deck replacement until its need is obvious, at that point the deck also needs to be re-cored. Who needs such aggravation, even if money is no object?
That Nauticat has an un-cored deck is an interesting oddity, which reduces the teak deck replacement problem (no deck re-coring), still leaving the need to eventually replace the teak. Say only $10-15,000 versus $20-30,000? IMHO, boating is expensive from the get-go, why take on reasonably avoidable trouble?
Cored decks are almost universal, Nauticat being an exception (although I have seen a listing for an older Nauticat that referenced a wood core deck, maybe there's exceptions for the exception...)