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I don't think a '76 would be a Landfall.
This model is an excellent racer/cruiser, a little short on headroom and amenities but very long on quality and performance, and especially sailing pleasure. I would buy one in a minute...
Most likely the keel has the traditional C%C smile referenced above. Very common, just filler that works loose. The fact that you can see daylight wouldn't persee mean the keel is seperated, it means some or a lot of filler has worked lose and needs replacement. Fill it in an go (usually just reoccurs). These 38s, as with the other C&Cs of that generation (like my old '76 C&C Mark I), have indestructible keels, no way you would need to drop it to repair it, nothing to repair. Hitting a rock at 6 knots produces nothing more than a scare and a big divot in the lead. Damage to this keel would involve seperating the whole keel stub from the hull, aint going to happen...the keel is not going to come off the stub. A surveyor can confirm my opinion or not. Meanwhile you could post a picture on the C&C email list.
PS ..a C&C37+ has absolutely nothing in common with the earlier boats, the 37+ might as well been built by a different maker, say Hunter.
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