Originally Posted by O C Diver
Not sure how old the boat is that you are maintaining, but clearly the work required increases as the teak deck ages. Most here aren't starting with a new teak deck and their experience is with 10 to 30 year old teak and possibly poorly done applications. Failure of the application may take more than a decade to materialize.
Wifey B: Our oldest are only 3.5 years old. However, I've been on the same boat that was 12-14 years old and the teak looked great and wasn't requiring a lot of extra maintenance. We did talk to those maintaining the charters before we bought. I'm thinking there are many factors including original application, how cared for over the years, and how treated. If buying used, I would very much judge on an individual basis. There are definitely more teak decks with issues although a lot of decks period with issues of water and deterioration. We saw a GB with teak sitting at a marina with at least six inches of water in it and it was dirty dirty dirty water so methinks had been there a while. No freaking way one would want to touch it.
I'm also basing my views on a limited number of boat brands using a limited number of teak suppliers. The vast majority of US built boats use Teakdecking Systems. Their decks are all pre-manufactured by Teakdecking so no laying of individual planks and stuff. The European boats seem similarly done. I don't know anything about Asian builders' applications or teak suppliers. But I think that's another change maybe vs. old is the whole way of manufacturing and laying.
So, I think teak maybe comes with a humongous caveat. Not inherently a problem but often is for a number of reasons.
Now, my poor little brain is hurting from all this serious crap. Back to having fun and maybe buying some art.