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Cal 34 deck/mast support
I've been sailing for years but I'm new to boat ownership. I'm looking at a Cal 34 1969. I've sailed the boat several times in different conditions and she seems solid.
However, I've been told by a surveyor that the decking, forward of the mast, has moisture as measured by a moisture meter. He also observed cracks beneath the mast area in the ceiling inside the cabin. He suspects that the weakening of the deck is causing the mast to depress the surrounding decking causing the cracking. He suggests that repairs will have to be completed before insurance will be issued on the boat.
Does anyone have any experience with this issue or have advice? Is it reasonable to expect to repair this myself?