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Umm... an improperly used moisture meter doesn't really tell you anything. Some types of antifouling paints will cause it to read a higher moisture content than is actually present.
Percussion testing or sounding the hull can help tell an experienced surveyor quite a bit... but to the average sailor, not so much.
Not all boats were made with the chainplates and stanchions installed with a properly sealed core, so leaks there may lead to deck delamination and rot.
Plywood and foam cores tend to spread the delamination over a greater area, since both will wick water. End-grain balsa tends to localize the intrusion far better. Balsa and plywood will, foam generally won't. If there is any water intrusion, merely re-bedding the hardware with caulk isn't going to be sufficient IMHO.
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You know what the first rule of sailing is? ...Love. You can learn all the math in the 'verse, but you take
a boat to the sea you don't love, she'll shake you off just as sure as the turning of the worlds. Love keeps
her going when she oughta fall down, tells you she's hurting 'fore she keens. Makes her a home.
—Cpt. Mal Reynolds, Serenity (edited)
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