Awwe mate! careful now. Thats a gross generalisation.
Only a properly executed metal boat can come close to keeping water out.
OK tom, firstly, take a look in our Gallery. You will see some amasign photo's in their of work done on boats.
Now then, lets look at this seriousely. Rover is pretty close to bang on. You have one advantage if the timber is actually real teak. That is that teak does not take up water easily. So chances are, the damage is cosmetic and will clean up.
However, if the timber is something else and stained to look like teak, then all bets are off.
When it comes to teak decks leaking, the problem can quickly become hidiouse. Leaks can start from places you would never think of and the water can run under the teak deck
for huge distances before it find it's way below. Trying to find leaks can be a nightmare and often the owners resort to pulling up the deck
and relaying it. Be prepared. Even in Thailand
, laying a teak deck
is not cheap
Now for the negotiation. The best thing to do would be to talk to a local boat builder
. Get him to give you an idea on repairs
. Then you take the owners asking price
and less the repairs
cost and say, this is what I am offering. You either walk from the deal if he say's no, or you live with the boat and swallow the cost of repair when it comes time.
And finaly, mold depends on three things to grow. It needs a damp place. It likes a dark place. It does not like airflow. So if you keep the boat ventilated and as dry as possible, mold will not grow, even if the cieling leaks each time it rains. Salt water
will put a stop ot most molds pronto, so a good spalsh of seawater over the deck on a frisky day will stop a lot of rot
in out of the way places you can't see.