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Old 04-15-2009
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given all that is possibly wrong with this boat, you really should run IMHO.

The high moisture readings and blisters are a huge negative point...add fried electronics, possible hull and deck damage from the lightning strike, possible rig damage from the lightning strike, the missing boom, the issue with the engine, and you're looking at repairs that will cost far more than the value of this boat.

In general, most cheap boats or free boats aren't worth buying. The cost of repairing them to the point where they're usable is often far more than the cost of buying the same make/model boat in sailable shape to begin with.

I'd also point out that with fiberglass boats, a lightning strike can often cause a lot of pinhole leaks through the hull that aren't readily detectable.
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