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Albin Vega leaking water

I am buying my first sailboat a 27' Albin Vega. My main concern was the deck stepped mast as I have heard of problems with this model boat and the mast step. This boat in specific has a small 2" long hairline crack from the bottom of the mast to the flat part of the deck (the fiberglass is raised about 2" where the mast enters). It also has a 4" long crack wide enough to wedge the edge of a quarter into at the aft side of the V-berth top ventilation hatch. I believe this is where a wooden support beam runs to from the mast. Last night I slept on the boat(still on the hard at the marina) and it rained. Upon waking I found a slight puddle coming from underneath the area where the mast is stepped. When I expressed my concerns to the surveyor he inspected the hull around the pressure areas from the mast, the small cracks in specific and very firmly told me that that was not something to worry about, didn't compromise the stucture of the boat and that I should simply grind out a little V in the crack with a tool and fill it if the appearance bothered me. He did not know where the water was leaking but the rubber seals look aged at the mast step and that could possibly be the leaking problem as it was simply a drop every 20 seconds or so. Sorry for the long paragraph but I am fresh out of college and this is my first sailboat.
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