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Given two similar boats, one with that sort of history and another without, it's a no brainer to go for the one that hasn't needed that kind of work.
OTOH if the boat in question appeals to you in all other areas, and there are no others available, then as long as you can ascertain that the repair was done completely and properly (that determination could be very difficult to achieve) I think it need not be a deal-breaker.
I've recently seen a boat that hit some rocks get hauled, repaired, and soon after sailed across to Hawaii and back without incident, and another here locally that was driven aground by a delivery crew, repaired, and subsequently sailed to Australia, did the Sidney Hobart and sailed back to BC without further issues.
The trick is making sure the repair was done by reputable people and done properly. This is where a good surveyor should pay off.
1984 Fast/Nicholson 345 "FastForward"
".. there is much you could do at sea with common sense.. and very little you could do without it.."
Capt G E Ericson (from "The Cruel Sea" by Nicholas Monsarrat)