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I am looking into buying a cal 9.2 and have not looked at it yet. The owner said " The boat had a moisture meter run across the entire hull and deck and one shroad had a low reading". I am still a novice when it comes to buying sailboats as this is/will be my second boat and first bigger boat. Should this concern me greatly? Should it be a deal breaker? I dont really want to have to do any major repairs cuz I will be pretty much broke.
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There's probably some confusion there. A low reading is good-- a high reading indicates moisture in the core.
If he really meant high reading implying moisture in the core around one shroud, the chainplate penetration through the deck is probably leaking. Not a big deal to fix unless there's a large area of core that's bad.
Don't take any seller's word concerning the condition of anything on a boat. They could be knowingly or innocently misleading. You need a professional surveyor to inspect any boat you're looking to buy unless you're willing to risk a lot of money.

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Re: moisture at one shroud

Thanks for the quick reply. I was confused on this also just figured thats how they read or something. Unless he is saying the whole boat is wet except that one shroud. How much would a repair like that run/consist of?
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For the most part IF your not able to DIY repairs to fix LARGE problems a survey finds there are so many boats for sale it is best to move on as you will find one with minimal issues

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The repair could be essentially free (except for labor) if there's just a little leakage around the chainplate and little or no core saturation. Just rebed the chainplate and stop the leak.
It could cost more than the boat if there's a lot of core saturation. You also need to be sure that if the chainplate was leaking, the chainplate attachment to the hull is still structurally sound.

Really, if you're serious that THIS is the boat, hire a surveyor.

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Re: moisture at one shroud

I will get a survey no matter what boat I buy, just hate to waste one. Also I have a loan that makes me buy in MI. Can afford to ship or have delivered and work prevents me from sailing it home from very far away. That being said. I ah having a heck of a time trying to find just about anything around here in my price range. I am trying to stay around 15k or under. theres a cal 30 around here that I am interested in and a couple j/24's and a cat 27 that is on a tralier so I can drive it home. Seems there is not alot out there at all. I'm ready to buy today but have been looking for weeks (seriously since I got approved for loan) and wish there was more available.
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Abraham,
In all kindness seriously, rethink your approach. Here are listings in Michigan on sailboatlistings.com. there is also yachtworld.com. Michigan sailboats for sale by owner.

If your borrowing money even more reason to be real sure of what your finding and looking for. First rule! DON'T FALL IN LOVE WITH ANY BOAT YOU SEE! 2nd, knowledge is power! Time to start learning about boats!
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Here is a list of 45 boats in Michigan under 30 feet and $15K

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pretty good looking selection here..

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Re: moisture at one shroud

thanks again for the replies. Sailboat listings and yacht world are two of the sites I have been checking every 5 minutes for the last few weeks. I am really weary of getting anythig older than a 78. Is that ridiculous? Just seems a tad old at that point. Looking to mainley club race and sail on lake st clair by myself most of the time. Maybe the ocasional overnight but not real likely. Thanks again for all the help.
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Re: moisture at one shroud

Condition and upkeep/maintenance history will be much more important than the 'manufactured date'. You may find a 1972 boat in much better shape overall than a neglected 1990 boat. I wouldn't put an absolute on that. Look at older boats towards the higher end of their price range.. condition may justify the premium, and there's always room for negotiation.

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