Originally Posted by wileycoyote
I read the rather long list of things I might want to carry with me, and to look for on a boat I am going to look at in the next several weeks. For a novice, what are the MAIN 5 or 6 standout points I should look at when eyeing a boat?
This is a novice question, please help. An 85 H25. is fiberglass hull. That old a boat, does fiberglass have a problem with absorption of water and weakening, and what should I look for that would give that away?
Another novice question. This moisture meter, what exactly is it measuring? Sometimes we put things in messages and don't realize that a bit more info might be needed by those of us "sponges" learning. Thx for help.
1. Is the mast true, unbent or otherwise undamaged. Are the shrouds, stays and swages free of rust, cracks or broken strands?? Is the deck free of squishy or soft spots especially under the mast?? Are there signs that the hull has ever been penetrated or under water??
2. Generally no. I had my wife walk all over the deck while I felt and observed for dimpling and depressions as she walked. The glass itself is usually sound but most decks are cored with balsa or another substance that may become waterlogged or rotten.
3. A moisture meter measures realtive moisture. It helps identify areas of potential trouble especially if water has penetrated the hardware attachments and infiltrated the core.
The 25.5 was on my list of boats before I bought my own.
The nice things about bouts like this are their simplicity.
The bad thing is the prior owners (probable novices themselves) could have neglected or overlooked maintenence issues for years.
My feeling is, that on boats of this class, standing rigging and core repair are just too costly to consider. There are plenty of boats out there, go to the next one if these problems are discovered.