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Catalina 22 Question regarding Swing Keel

I met with a very nice gentleman that has offered to sell me a Catalina 22 Sailboat with a trailer for about $1000. So I went to take a look at this boat and found that the boat is definitely in need of a lot of cosmetic work. It is on one of those hoists at a lake and is completely out of the water. The owner has scraped the hull clean but it still looks like it could use a good sanding and then bottom painting. For the most part it looks like it is ready to sail. The question and concern that I have is that the swing keel winch, while it looks to be in working order, is loosely bolted to a cross brace and fiberglass at the entry that looks to be cracked and broken. The best way to explain this is that it looks like the swing keel may have been stuck in the UP position, the winch and cable a bit too loose, and the keel suddenly dropped causing this breakage. I believe that I can do the repairs to replace the wood and fiberglass myself, however not sure about the structural integrity of the hull. Anyone have any ideas or recommendation about this boat issue? Appreciate your advice.
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