I'm new to the community...looking to purchase my first boat. I've found one that I'm interested in, but concerned about the condition of the mast as it runs through the cabin.
What I have found is some cracking in the fiberglass around the hardware coming from the deck. It feels solid when I push on it, as if there is no water damage, but the cracks themselves worry me. Also, the trim around the head area is cracked. It is a 1974...is this something to be expected with an older used boat?
Also, the portion of the mast in the bilge is concerning me. The bilge itself has a fair amount of water, which leads me to believe the pump is just not working or hooked up correctly. Regardless, there is alot of corrosion on the hardware and bubbling of the paint on the mast toward the bottom.
I intend to get a survey if I get serious, but I just wanted some opinions on these issues before hand. If it is a major concern and large expense, it would help me avoid the cost of the survey to begin with.
Thanks so much for any suggestions/comments!