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post #28 of Old 07-09-2018
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Re: Important Things (You Know Now), To Look For When Buying A Used Sailboat?

I assume Dispatch is looking for "gotcha" items, the kind of things that surveyors might miss or be unable to evaluate, not, "I wish I had standing headroom in the aft cabin" stuff that seemed livable at purchase time.

I'll contribute mine: my first boat had chainplates and cleats buried in the deck (wood boat!). I was lucky the chainplates were held up to my gentle use, and I did have a cleat pull out at the dock due to bad sealing and rot (hello, your cored deck can rot too...).

Current boat has all chainplates nice, shiny and exposed below, bolted to the bulkheads. Bottoms of all deck fittings are easily accessible, at worst have to climb inside a lazarette or open the medicine cabinet.

If you can't inspect it, better assume it needs replacement!

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