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Location: Randolph, MA
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That depends on the age and construction of the boat and the maintenance performed by the previous owner(s).
I just purchased a 2001 Catalina 310 and had one minor stop of core rot that I need to deal with around one of the stanchions. If I don't address that one spot and let it go, it could turn into a significant issue that could be very costly to repair. However, the whole issue could have been prevented by good regular maintenance (in this case, checking and rebedding the stanchion on a regular basis).
My old boat had a the cockpit floor starting to delaminate, that is one of the reasons we decided to upgrade.
When I was looking at boats I saw some nightmares that would have to be completely ripped apart to be made safe again.
Worries about delamination and core rot are some of the reasons why you should always get a potential boat surveyed prior to purchasing.
I plan to get the boat resurveyed every 3-4 years as a double check that I am doing the maintenance well. It is worth the $500 to me to have someone check my work.
Good luck looking for a boat. Do you know what you budget is yet for the purchase?
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