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Given that 60% of the hull material has disappeared in that area, I would say that this boat will probably have other serious issues and is very likely going to be very expensive to repair for your intended use. It does not sound like this boat was well maintained, and corrosion never sleeps.
Most steel boats, from what I understand, die from corrosion related issues, often from the inside out. There is no telling what other corrosion issues there are on this boat without doing a very detailed survey, but this issue alone is enough that you should walk away.
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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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