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post #9 of Old 04-09-2019
al brazzi
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Re: CS Merlin 36 Inspection

On a second look the braces appear to be added, as suggested. The floorboards are not particularly strong new, with normal wear and tear on a Boat this age they are rough if not already replaced. These flat bilge Boats are tough on floors. My Keel nuts looked to be 304 and the studs 316 which is an OK way to go but the nuts REALLY needed replacement. They got a mention on the survey but without near enough urgency.

Im curious what the "Wedge" Boatpoker refers to on the Keel. My Joint is right on the flat bottom of the hull, the photo of this Boat shows an ugly crack 6" or so down and clear oxidization inside the crack. Where the j-bolts turn would be my uneducated guess. Again BAD.
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