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Re: Jeanneau Poker 28ft - Teak Deck Fix or Remove?
Hard to tell if it was glued down. If it was, it would be a nightmare to return it to non-skid. I bet the teak hasn't swollen around the handles, rather the surrounding decking has worn away.
I see a row of bungs in one of the pics. Do you have them about every 12-18 inches along the entire length? If so, it was definitely screwed down and you stand a chance it wasn't glued as well. However, even a glued deck has some screws to hold down the ends. When a premade sheet is used, screws are often set through the grooves to hold it down, while the glue dries. These should be removed afterward and the holes filled, but often are not. The black caulk is frequently applied over the screw heads, which is not ideal.
All screwed down decks leak. If there is enough thickness, you could reef out all the black caulk, replace the bungs, trowel in new caulk and power sand the deck. Caulking the edges requires some masking.
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