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Re: Yankee 26
I went and looked at the Yankee 26 on Saturday. Overall, it was as promised. The current owner has spent years refitting the boat and the work he has done is beautiful. Completely rebuilt interior with cherry wood, deck re-cored, new teak toe rails, hand rails, companionway trim, all refinished stanchions and rails, new lights, topsides and deck painted.
There is, however, still a not-insignificant amount of work remaining to be done. As noted, it needs an engine (as well as a new diesel tank, prop, and controls), water tank / holding tank, galley stove and sink, v berth mattress, compass, vhf / nav, and in the not too distant future a set of sails as I think the ones it has now are the originals. I can wrap my head around all of that, however expensive it may be. What I'm struggling with is the bottom of the hull. It has been partially stripped / sanded by the current owner, though more needs to be done before barrier coat and bottom paint could be applied. As I was inspecting the hull, I noticed a couple of things that gave me pause. First is that there was a thru hull for the head that the current owner removed and began the process of glassing over. He acknowledged that he had just started to patch the hole and that there is more to be done, but I noticed from inside the boat that the current patch job is translucent and clearly quite thin. I also noticed while walking around the boat a thin crack maybe 18 inches long running from the very bottom of the boat vertically, then extending half again as far horizontally. This appeared to be a section that he had begun sanding but that still had barrier coat on it.
Any thoughts on this? Is patching an abandoned thru hull a big deal, and is it possible that crack is just in the barrier coat? Pictures attached for reference.