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My advice is to give the boat a shot as the CS40 is a sweet boat.
CS used teak faced ply for partitions and much of the furniture. If the inside of the boat had water in it, I would expect it to be apparent in delaminated ply. Minor ply repairs has been a bit of maintainence thing for me with my CS 36, just from water getting down below from hard use.
I don't think $45K is a big yard bill, work done at a quality yard is very expensive, and in my experience can often produce a better solution than what came off the production line, even with the best of builders (such as CS IMHO). I've spent more than that on my yard repairs/upgrades over eight years, it's amazing what quality costs, but the results can be delightful.
CS used a full stringer/grid frame system for strengthening the hull and hold the furniture in place. If the frames are all properly attached, with no cracks at joints or the hull, then the boat wasn't materially impacted. If repairs were made to the grid structure, than you would need to look at what was done closely, however such repairs would be very easy to detect (one frame on my 36T shows a repair resulting from a hard grounding by the PO)..
Did the hull get painted?
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Last edited by sailingfool; 02-26-2008 at 10:12 PM.