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Greetings,

I'm trying to decide if this Seafarer is worth serious interest - they posted several pictures and in two of them there is something weird looking on the inside of the port hull. Any ideas what it might be?

Thanks in advance for your help!
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I am assuming you are talking about what is indicated below...



If so then they are glassed in chainplates, and just going from the photo's they look to have a problem with rust stains leaking around them, there could be an issue with leaking from the deck causing the glassed in plate to rust/corrode.......Caution!


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I believe DJR is entirely correct, you could look on deck and see if the shrouds are attached to them.
Don't forget the "caution" part either.

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Re: What is this?

That is exactly what I was afraid you were going to say...I imagine repairing that would require it to be ground out, replaced and re-glassed in?
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Re: What is this?

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That is exactly what I was afraid you were going to say...I imagine repairing that would require it to be ground out, replaced and re-glassed in?
You got the first two right but only an idiot would glass the new ones in. That is one of the worst of the myriad bad practices that can be found in old boats.

Either building a glass knee to bolt them to internally or bolting them through the hull from the outside would be the way to go.

I, myself, personally intend to continue being outspoken and opinionated, intolerant of all fanatics, fools and ignoramuses, deeply suspicious of all those who have "found the answer" and on my bad days, downright rude.
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Stainless steel (SS), when deprived of oxygen in a moist environment is subject to corrosion & rust. Covering the chain plate with epoxy/cloth deprives the metal of oxygen. All you need is a small leak and voila! Of course it can take years before the corrosion is bad enough to make it fail.
drilling a few holes in the coating down to the metal would help eliminate the moisture and allow some air in.

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If you can't trust your chain plates every gust becomes an adventure.As we all need a good story, maybe you be able to tell us how you got the backstay in the prop and the broken stub of mast thru the topsides. Sloops got the answer..
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