Originally Posted by smurphny
The mast steps typically leak down into the balsa core and cause the glass around the step to deflect as the balsa crushes. Fixing this is a given with these. The more serious problem is whether the header which is wrapped with teak, is rotten. The bulkheads that support the header also rot (ask me how I know:-) Replacing the header and bulkheads is a major job and probably a reason to walk away if you cannot do it yourself. Taking on the restoration of one of these can be prohibitively expensive if you can't do the work yourself.
Thats why the water marks on the header trim and the warped door concerned me. In my brief inspection, it appeared to me that the the header is supported by framing members and that the bulkhead was more of partition. Is this true?
This issue is one of the reasons I wish Alberg had gone with a Keel stepped mast. Without getting into the keel vs. deck step issue, given the age of the design and the style of the boat, that puzzles me.