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Re: Repair of broken hull around keel stub
I am surprised the marine surveyor did not discover the evidence of the prior shoddy repair before you bought the boat. I suspect the prior impact itself would have left telltale signs of damage in the bilge, keel, bulkheads or elsewhere near the point of impact.
Scientific studies (conducted by the U.S. Navy, among others) have demonstrated that fiberglass loses very little strength as it ages, a bit more if repeatedly flexed. A boat your age should be no less resilient than a newer boat. C&Cs of that era are generally considered to be well-built boats.
Weird repairs and structural damage should be revealed by the marine survey, or, even before that, by your own close inspection prior to signing the contract.
Last edited by jameswilson29; 09-17-2012 at 04:24 PM.