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Bow has some give on top. wondering if that is normal? (new cal owner)
If the deck has unusual give it may be due to delamination, tap around the deck area with a plastic hammer, or the back end of a screwdriver handle.... tap, tap, "thud" means a separation of the skin and the deck core (likely balsa).. you'll hear the difference if there's a soft spot.
It's repairable, but depending on the severity and your plans for the boat it may not be something you'll feel necessary to undertake.
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