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Re: teak decks - how much work are they really?
There's a young couple of YouTube that recently got a steal on a HR35(?) and part of their massive overhaul including something like two weeks, pretty much full time, for both of them and another couple helping out, to remove the worn teak decking, some 8,000 screws, and then lay new decking on it. They used a plastic sheet product that "looks" like teak, for the replacement. Nice job, massive amount of work, including filling in the eight thousand screw holes.
A lot depends on how who maintained the decks, or not. These days it is more likely that a new deck would be glued down, so the leaking wouldn't be an issue. But your typical older boat? Yeah, 8000 screw holes.
There are a number of YT videos on replacing teak decks. Some companies will pre-cut new wood for you, making the replacement much easier as well. But no matter how it is done, that's a big job. A lot of owners will take off an old teak deck, fill the holes, and then have a layer of cloth glassed won, and the new deck simply refinished that way.
Still, eight thousand holes.