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Re: Buying a boat with deck delam
Not liking relying on a 4 year old survey.. lots can happen in that time.
It would help to know the size/value of the boat.. such an issue may be less of a big deal on a small 'for now' boat than for something you'd hope to keep a while. A friend bought a cheap 26 footer (<$5K) with the same known conditions, sailed it a few years and sold it the same way..
You can do your own 'tap test', say, with a screwdriver handle.. if you hear a lot of 'rap-rap-thud-thud-rap rap' the thuds indicate separation of the core and outer skin. You'll have an idea of how extensive it really is.
All that said, there are a lot of boats on the market these days, so you might want to keep looking.
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