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Re: cracks in the bilge
I dunno. None of what you seem to be calling cracks looks new. Hard to tell with all that dirt in there. Clean it up, keep an eye on it. I like the idea of using masking tape to see if it is flexing once back in the water. Better still, clean it up, coat it with a layer of fresh gel coat and see how quickly the cracks return.
I'd be more concerned about the area where the keel bolts are, if there are any. Is the keel encapsulated or bolted to the hull?
Also, that boat has a few years on it and has probably run aground before in LI Sound. Granted, running up on the beach as it did probably stressed the keel/hull joint more then a light grounding.
You can always call Beneteau and get their opinion. Brad calls them often enough.
If I worried about every crack on my 45 year old hull I'd have no hair left. I still have plenty.
Note the vague similarity between these two photos.
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