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Old 08-09-2001
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Catalina 30 - minor cracks in keel??

Hello All! I''m looking to purchase a 30'' Catalina (1977) and had a few questions. First of all, I realize older Catalina''s are prone to blisters...so I wasn''t too concerned about the few "small" blisters it has.

I was told by my diver that the keel (standard keel) has a few dings in it, and a few small cracks in the fiberglass surrounding the keel. He also said that the rudder has some play in it. There are 4-5 small blisters, also.

My questions:

1) Is the keel damage something I should be concerned about? What kind of repair costs would I be looking at?

2) What would cause the rudder to have a little play in it? Again, what repair cost am I looking at?

I''m buying the boat pretty cheap, so I don''t mind spending a little money to get it up to snuff. On Monday, a Surveyor will survey the boat and do a sea trial with me. I just wanted some others opinions!

Thanks in advance for your help!

Gary
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