I tried searching for a thread addressing this, was not able to find one. I'm considering a Catalina 30. Found referals here for a local Surveyor, and hired him. Most of the boat checks out fine, with the usual list of minor items, but the surveyor found corrosion at the foot of the mast, below the exit block.
I shrank the pic that the surveyor emailed to me, if you want to see teh 1.8 meg original image, I posted it here:
The surveyor thought the cure might be to cut off the bottom of the mast, and fabricate a step thick enough to make up the difference. I'm waiting to get the opinion of a rigger. Meanwhile, I contacted a guy that runs a sailboat junking business to see if he had a mast, told him about the problem, and he suggested simply tabernacling the mast. I'm just researching at this point, haven't discussed the issue with the sellers yet.
I would greatly appreciat the advice of some of the sage sailors here!
Thanks in advance,