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More than the boat is worth if you have to pay someone to do it. At least one sailing season if you do it yourself, timewise, and depending upon the extent of the damage, your tool inventory, and expertise it could cost as much in materials and tools as your initial purchase price.
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More than the boat is worth if you have to pay someone to do it. At least one sailing season if you do it yourself, timewise, and depending upon the extent of the damage, your tool inventory, and expertise it could cost as much in materials and tools as your initial purchase price.
Sadly, bljones is correct. Redoing wet decks on a C&C is something best done after a few years of happy ownership, when you know the time will be worth it. It's probably not the first thing to do on a new-to-you boat, to keep the soft spot from spreading on the deck.

Our Cal 20 had a slight soft spot where a deck vent was put in incorrectly. Luckily, the Cal 20 has plywood in the decks, and we were able to remove and replace from inside the boat fairly easily.

That said, there are a lot of comfort differences between a C&C 24 and a Cal 20 (or even a Cal 25).
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Well, I went and had a tap around and the only part I could find was the spot on the foredeck about 3-4" across. It was also mentioned in a survey from 2003 so doesn't look like it's actually got any worse. I'm fairly resigned to the fact that no boat that is 30+ years old is going to be perfect (nor indeed many that are younger) but as degrees of perfect goes, this one appears (pre-survey at least) better than most I've seen.
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Frankly, as much as i am not in love with the way they look, I think a Grampian 23 under budget is a better choice than a C&C with soft spots and cracks around the stanchoin bases that is at the top of your budget.

Think carefully.

Yeah, there is no 30-40 year old boat that is perfect, but maybe there is one that is perfect for you. Is this one the perfect boat for you?
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It's been the best one I've looked at so far. If I'm looking for the perfect one, well, I need to win the lottery or accept the fact that I'm going to be spending the next ten years looking for a boat rather than sailing one
If the guy accepts my offer then I will get it surveyed and see where I go from there. At worst I've spent a few hundred bucks for nothing.
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The offer has been accepted, subject to survey and a sea trial. So, assuming they go well, I should be out on the ocean soon. Watch out mariners
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Aaaaright!!!!
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Now of course the question is, sea trial before the survey, or after?
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survey first. The water in the bilge worries me, and I have a sinking feeling about the amount of wet core you are going to find.
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You may well be right, and it's going to cost me a few hundred dollars to find out one way or the other but at the moment as far as my untrained eyes can see, it's not bad. If the survey isn't good, I walk away, plenty more fish in the sea.
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