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Mast Step on an Irwin 43?
I'm looking at an Irwin 43 center cockpit that appears to have some compromised wood in a lateral stringer near the front cabin/head. A limber hole was drilled through the stringer just to starboard of the mast box to run a fresh-water hose underneath the sole. When they drilled they threaded the hose right through the limber hole and never sealed the wood/plywood. Since then the wood has absorbed water and part of the stringer "rings" dead with a hammer.
Access there is a bear, the surveyor and I are uncertain if the lateral stringer we see forward of the mast box is integral in the support of the mast or if it just mated or "sistered" up to the actual box/step that is the true support for the mast. The stringer could just support the molded plastic floor and the mast step/box is not really part of the compromised wood. There is a house bank battery tray in the way, we peeked in all the areas we could see but just can't tell if the stringers are "weight bearing" or if the mast step has its own supports actually beneath the mast itself.
I know this verbal description is a bit weak, what I'm looking for is if anyone has an idea of what the actual construction is like under the mast of this vessel or better yet a diagram or repairs undertaken at one time?
This is pretty serious issue and we are not sure how to proceed further with the seller unless he authorizes some invasive investigation!!
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Deale Md, to Caribbean Oct 2012-Aug 2013
Boat Type Irwin 43 Mk III Center Cockpit--Sold it
Boat Yr, 1989
Boat Length 43'
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Last edited by F15EWSO; 06-17-2012 at 10:17 AM.
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