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A couple of problems...
I really went over her today and found a few things.
The person helping me is familiar with this model.
He really looked hard at the box that surrounds the drop rudder.
He said it was solid.
The only problem is softness in the fiberglass at the chain plate and the fastener where the slide attaches for the boom.
It is only soft on the port side.
It is not soft to walk on the deck at all...just if you really press your thumb around where these plates are fastened.
I have decided to just get some stainless backing plates (or wood) and back plate from the interior.
This should reinforce this area just fine for many, many years.
Also, what really seems to concern this guy was the fact that it has a four inch dimple (depression) in the mast...about two feet from the top.
I don't see why...doesn't seem like a big deal to me.
Someone totally covered this dimple by wrapping a rope around the mast to tie it down to the stern support.
The keel wire looks good.
Looks like the boat should be fine for this area.
I think that the key is to spend as little as possible and just acclimate myself to sailing.