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Old 27-04-2016, 21:32   #1
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Is Teak Decks a deal breaker for you

I would prefer no teak decks, I've passed on boats that I like that have them, but lets say there are no soft spots, no apparent water intrusion, teak appears to be in good shape or pretty good shape, would teak decks still be a deal breaker for you
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Old 27-04-2016, 21:35   #2
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Re: Is Teak Decks a deal breaker for you

Depends if its screwed or glued Mines glued and I have had 8 years no prob. And you can't beat the teak look. If its screwed then you are waiting for or already have water intrusion .....
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Old 27-04-2016, 22:17   #3
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Re: Is Teak Decks a deal breaker for you

I had screwed teak decks on my Westsail 32, and that was enough for me.

Teak decks are a deal breaker when I look at yachts.
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Old 27-04-2016, 22:44   #4
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Re: Is Teak Decks a deal breaker for you

Excellent question. I'm in the same boat and have kind of come to the conclusion about the glued vs screwed. I would prefer not to have them but I think I would consider a boat that was exactly what I wanted if it had teak decks that were glued. Seems like I keep seeing awesome boats but they have that one BIG negative. The removal isn't cheap, that's for sure.
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Old 27-04-2016, 23:06   #5
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Re: Is Teak Decks a deal breaker for you

Screwed teak decks are a no go for me. Impossible to seal the thousands of fasteners with resulting core rot. Glued are better but god awful expensive to replace when, and it will, the teak wears down.
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Re: Is Teak Decks a deal breaker for you

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Screwed teak decks are a no go for me. Impossible to seal the thousands of fasteners with resulting core rot. Glued are better but god awful expensive to replace when, and it will, the teak wears down.
And all too many modern glued teak decks are VERY thin, so the wearing out happens all too soon.

So, my answer is yes, teak decks were indeed a deal breaker when we were searching for our current boat. And the less bright work above decks the better, too!

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Old 28-04-2016, 01:15   #7
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Re: Is Teak Decks a deal breaker for you

Having replaced a glued down teak deck on a yacht before it was launched I would avoid them
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Old 28-04-2016, 01:28   #8
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Re: Is Teak Decks a deal breaker for you

i took a 60 fter. to Thailand for a refit,teak decks,new sails ,full paint job and over things.We asked for quotes on the teak decks in NZ,Aust. even Fiji and Singapore .Thailand come out %38 of the next lowest.(still not cheap)but very good job in Phuket.
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i took a 60 fter. to Thailand for a refit,teak decks,new sails ,full paint job and over things.We asked for quotes on the teak decks in NZ,Aust. even Fiji and Singapore .Thailand come out %38 of the next lowest.(still not cheap)but very good job in Phuket.
I have lived in Thailand since 09, going to the US about once every year or so, you can get good work done there and cheap too, compared to other locations, looked at a couple of boats there just to knock around the islands, but I, like so many others, want to sail to the South Pacific, east to west, and spend 3 to five years there before going on, I'm going to stay away from teak decks, glued or screwed down, everybody trying to sell a boat with teak decks have a liability that most want to avoid, and they won't come off the price enough to justify buying it, it's too bad too because there are some really nice ones out there that have teak decks, why the builders of these boats did that is beyond me, unless it was for the looks, I guess
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I would prefer no teak decks, I've passed on boats that I like that have them, but lets say there are no soft spots, no apparent water intrusion, teak appears to be in good shape or pretty good shape, would teak decks still be a deal breaker for you
Well.. if my newbie opinion counts, a teak deck was the final element against the purchase of a boat I was very seriously considering. Aside from the risk of water intrusion, maintenance and usability in the tropics, I bought into the argument of weight. The boat in question was a 31 and at that size, adding the weight of the equivalent to an extra person and right where I don't need it, up top just seemed like a waste.
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Re: Is Teak Decks a deal breaker for you

Won't consider a boat with teak decks. Aside from the repair/replace headache they are way too hot to stand without shoes in the warm areas I like to sail in. The heat really radiates up from them and the cabin is hotter. No way.
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Yep. Deal breaker all the way. I see a really nice boat at a really nice price and then... Oops! It has teak decks. Never mind. Walk away. Don't look back.
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Re: Is Teak Decks a deal breaker for you

Glued down teak decks are awesome.

I thought they were a deal breaker until I saved over $100k buying a boat which needed what most thought was teak replacement. I restored the deck myself which took around 400 hours of my time, saved over $50k on the cost of restoration, and now have some beautiful woodwork that should last 10-15 years.

Would I do it again? Yes, definitely. Teak decks in our case is what made the deal possible. A deal maker... not breaker.

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Old 28-04-2016, 08:04   #14
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No teak. Even if it's in good shape now in the back of your mind you know you're going to have to fix it no teak I'd rather be sailing

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Re: Is Teak Decks a deal breaker for you

i wish my formosa still had the teak decks.
you who say too much weight, the boat will behave differently without that weight.
the best ever nonskid made is teak decking.
the only problem with teak decking is the folks who donot know how to care for them.
the added insulation inside boat made by the teak is a blessing inside boat.
if decking is too hot, douche it with sea water, as it is spozed to be done. cools it off every time, and teak needs salt water daily.
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