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Re: Newbe with no experience buys big boat
I'm not sure exactly where the water was coming in, except that it was not from the ten new bronze ports I installed. The deck and cabin top had plastic foam core. My theory was that this foam core was getting saturated somehow, probably from multiple sources, probably chiefly the hull-deck joint. Once the core got saturated, it "rained" inside the boat from hundreds of points! In the end, it seemed like the only thing left to be done was re-bed the joint, which requires pulling the deck off the hull with a crane.
I've got to tell you that this is very disturbing.
1. A hull deck joint can cause significant leaks underway but not leak at dock.
2. There is no way to know if it will leak until you sail it hard on the wind in waves.
So is it just a luck of the draw?
I know there are some surveyors on this forum and some guys who have a lot of experience on these things.
Is there anything a potential buyer can do to not buy a boat with this problem unknowingly?