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post #4 of Old 04-08-2019
al brazzi
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Re: CS Merlin 36 Inspection

I have a CS30 looks to be quite similar build, I would not even consider a Boat with the main bulkhead separated like that, no way, never. I'm assuming the chainplates are the same as mine and are a very nice knee made form welded SS bolted to this structural bulkhead and the deck eye fitting for turnbuckles through bolted to this knee. Ill bet you have a diferent measurement on the turnbuckles side to side, if the mast is even straight. Your deck would be lifted from that bulkhead separation while maybe not immediately noticeable surely stressed in that area. The crack in the Keel is not where it joins the hull my guess would be an EXTREME impact and that is about where the j bolt would turn so the Keel is likely just broken right there. Mine is lead, I think all are (CS) Boatpoker knows his surveys better than I do but I see very major damage I would undoubtedly walk away from. There are way too many nice clean Boats out there.
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