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My 6K boat is rapidly approaching 30K, so a survey looks better and better all the time!

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Chainplates: on my SJ21 (Mark I), the chainplates are embedded in the fiberglass of the cabin house sides -- there is nothing to see from inside the boat -- so no loss there. Not sure about the keel issues on the boat that you bought, but yes you would have wanted your surveyor to check out the pivot pin and keel trunk, as well as the compression post for the mast. You can't really check the keel itself without lifting the boat up off the trailer so you can lower the keel out of the trunk. Did you check the condition of the keel trunk "gasket"?

Even though a bit odd, the golf ball was probably an OK tool for percussion testing of the deck. I've used a plastic-tipped hammer, the handle of a screw driver, or even just my knuckles. Did you sound the transom? The hull is solid, but the transom has some coring, and you want to check the rudder gudgeons.

I wouldn't worry about the fact that a moisture meter was not used -- the readings are hard to interpret, and the percussion sounding tells you what you need to know about the structural integrity of a cored composite structure.

Anyway, I hope you enjoy your new boat. Having the recore already done is a big bonus -- here's the photo blog on the re-core I did on my SJ21: -- it's a big job.
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