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It isn't all that unusual if the deck has serious leaks. It sounds like the deck may be delaminating, usuallly due to water leaking into the core and rotting it out. I'm not that familiar with the Cal 2-30, but if the cabin sole is creaking and flexing that usually means that the support for the cabin sole is rotted or weakened in some way.
Both of these are potenitally expensive repairs, even if you are able to do them yourself. The cabin paint peeling from the fiberglass could be due to the fiberglass being "wet" from osmosis, or it could be due to bad prep work from when it was painted. Is the paint coming of in little chips or in big sheets?
I would recommend you get Don Casey's Complete Illustrated Sailboat Maintenance Manual
, and read the section on inspecting an old boat. This will tell you if the boat is even worth looking further into. If it is, don't purchase it without a survey.
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