I really appreciate knowing that you'd have made the same decision.
I didn't connect the bilge lining to the keel separation until I thought about it today. In fact, that still may not be the case, and that is the reason for my original post. I wanted to know if I was missing something obvious.
I'd still like to hear from anyone ele with other theories.
If peteingras is right, and this guy actually tried his own keel job
... well you'd think that he would have at least tried to clean up the toerails, handholds or the interior, so as to distract from the additional homegrown glass work
However, there were plenty of other issues with this boat to make the decision to walk. (NO - as in none, zip, nada - electronics, cracks in the deck, water penetration all over the deck, water in the bilge - presumably came through the deck, rusting chainplates, I could go on...) There are currently 16 similar boats ('85+ Pearson 33, or 38) advertised in YW.