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post #11 of Old 04-18-2013
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Re: Advice on O'Day 22

Another cause for rotten bulkheads needing replacement is leaving the hatches open to rainwater and snow. This Is an obvious sign of neglect by the previous owners. Look for more rot low in the boat, bilges, etc. There is probably damage there that might not be repaired, or might be difficult to repair. I would also look for rust on metal fittings in the cabin and below deck. If you see any signs like this, estimate cost or repairs, replacement and be prepared to walk away.
Also run the outboard. It may be no better than an anchor if it is damaged.
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