Apart from the many concerns voiced here about wood as a hull material (once more, my many thanks for your advice), the previous owner's use of 3M 5200 on the ballast/keel seam is what's got me the most concerned at the moment. This leak is a problem, and if it turns out I have to replace the keel bolts, I'm HOSED. If the rest of the boat is in great shape, that's all well and good, but this is a big gamble. Coupled with the short length at the waterline, I've got my eyes on other options, and even though the Hunter 36 I was looking at in MD has just sold, a 1984 Hunter 37 has just popped up in Florida.
Anyone know anything about this particular boat
? I'm very encouraged by what I'm reading about the Hunters, and the 37 in general. The private quarterberth has got me all giddy - my kid could have his own room. I may just have to give these folks a call.