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Re: teak decks - how much work are they really?
Ironically, even the glued down decks use some screws. They are either temporarily used, between boards to hold down bracing, while the glue cures, or often used to permanently hold down looser spots over dips. For the temporary screws, the holes are supposed to be epoxied before the caulking is applied. I've found that is missed, but the caulking holds the water back for years....... until it doesn't.
Admittedly, I like the feel of teak under foot, much better than non-skid, etc. In fact, cleaning mold out of non-skid and getting it waxed is much harder than cleaning teak, IMO.
I'm due for new decks (if I don't just buy another boat) and have considered all the contemporary look alike alternatives. Some are synthetic teaks, but the subsurface must be perfect or it will print through. The cork products look very promising, they are even colored to look like teak and do, from afar. I just can't get past them look cheap, which leaves me asking why.
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