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Re: Are Deck Soft Spots Really That Bad?
Out of the 5, one of the boats we bought showed water intrusion in an enclosed keel. We had a great surveyor, and worked with an experienced yard. We established what was wrong, and figured out what it would cost to fix. We worked out a deal with the seller to cover the cost of repair.
IF you have good advice and/or are highly experienced in FG and core repair, you really know that this is the full extent of the damage, you can get the right amount of price relief to make the repair worth it, you cost out the repair done right...anotherwords, if you do your due diligence, I wouldn't hesitate to do a deal on a boat with some small water intrusion problems on deck or below the waterline. By doing this you might just get yourself a deal, where others would be hesitant.
BUT, short of these steps I'd run away. Unless you are a FG expert, that means a great vetted surveyor, and a yard/FG repair buy with an excellent reputation.
Good luck...I had a friend who owned one of those, nice boat.