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post #8 of Old 10-30-2009
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Buying Islander 28 With Similar Issues

I am close to purchasing a 1978 Islander 28 which I think has some related issues. My surveyor found rotting plywood in the bilge at the lower end of the baffles that becomes structure for the floor and one which the mast compression post bears on. My surveyor thought it wasn't super major b/c there was plenty of solid wood where it was needed, but thought it needs to be fixed. The owner offered to make it right and cut out the rotting portion of the plywood and glass in new. I also noticed where the metal compression post has deflected the wood trim it bears on before tranfering its load to the compression post in the head.

Have any insights or thoughts? How concerned should I be with this? Is this a bigger issue than just replacing rotting plywood? Is it likely that the cabin sole is crushed under the post as well - indicated by the deflection?


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