When I bought my boat 2,5 years ago, one of the most decisive factors was, that she had almost a new teak deck
compared to other similar boats on the market. When walking on the deck
, it feels solid underfoot and one does not hear any creaks or other weird sounds. Therefore, I was not concerned about the condition of the deck
, and it was not moisture metered prior purchase
However, during my ownership
I have noticed, that if someone is walking on the deck while I am down below, I can hear a sound - it is not like a loud creaking sound, but merely a "crap" almost on each step (sorry, not sure about the terms
) I can also feel the deck flex near the bulkhead, if I am holding my hand on the area, and someone walks on the deck over that area.
My theory is, that the old teak deck
might have been leaking from the screwholes, and causing core delamination
. And then the teak
deck was replaced without paying attention to the condition of the deck core
. The boat is now 22 years old and the deck has Divinycell-type foam as a core material.
The problem is that the boat has a beautiful, glued teak
deck, so it would be a big waste of money
and natural resources to open the deck from above to do the repair. And working from below will be pretty much out of the question, due to the interior panels
I am a little bit confused, whether this type of problem is cosmetical or structural. Based on my experience, creacky decks are not that rare in older boats. My plan is to make sure that the teak deck is complitely watertight, so that the problem will not get worse. And maybe in 10-20 years, when the teak deck needs replacing, this issue will be fixed. I would appreciate to hear your thoughts on how common/serious issue is at hand and what would be the best way to deal with it?