Thanks for all that information. Looks a like a tough job but with a good return. Door closes just fine right now. Maybe a little "Git Rot" would slow the rotting of the wood. I am trying to attach a picture so you see what I saw. It is under the port side settee. If you have a diagrams or photos on how this is done that would help me understand the process better. Do I need to have the mast down to do this? thanks again.
Getting the boat regardless because I basically getting it for free and I can always sell the engine to recover the costs and either donate the hull or cut her up into little pieces for the trash man. I was told about $1000 to fix this by a local part timer but I think I maybe able to handle this job.