There are 3 ways to handle this job. First off, teak decks are Gorgous when in good condition, and keep your feet happy because they will not get super hot and provide a non slippery deck when wet. The bad news they can cause the deck to be ruined over time if not kept in good condition, because water
through the teak and then into the deck causing dry rot
of the sandwitched layer of wood core
between the fiberglass
layers underneath the teak decking. It is very hard to tell how much damage is done to the core
untill the deck has been removed. If you are very lucky you may not have that much damage to the core, a good surveyer may be able to tell you where core damage is located and how extensive if he has the right moister meters and is trained on how to find it. So back to your question on what you should do?
1. If you want to get on the water
, and use the boat ASAP, while not spending too much money
, you can try to patch the problem and see whay happens. By this you can remove any caulk and maybe some loose teak, make sure it is super dry then re caulk, looking for any crack where water may penitrate the teak. You could get lucky and fix everything by doing this.
2. If after you examine the teak, and the decks the teak is attached to, and you find soft area's of deck, then you have a big project
, Most of the time, in order to fix it right, you will need to remove all of the deck teak, fix the core then reserface the deck with teak again or leave it fiberglass
with non-skid. The cost to do this is mostly labor, unless you decide to put teak back on. If you have cheap
labor now, and you suspect soft decks then doing this job now may be your best option.