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Re: Advice on Beneteau 473 looking to purchase
It's impossible to give reliable input from a pic. The one that got my attention the most, is the bolt head with some sort of goop all over it and staining around the backing plate. Makes me think she's leaking and maintenance was half-assed, which would imply the keel bedding was compromised.
If the hull is solid glass, this may be fully repairable, but at substantial cost to drop and re-bed the keel and re-glass the ribs/stringers. If she has a cored hull, I'm just guessing this a major problem.
My usual advice for suspect boats is to walk. There are thousands of others that aren't. If she's truly unique, you just have to buy her cheap enough to be able to do the repair and still be all-in for much less than the going price of the same boat, without a major damage history. If you can get it cheaply, fix it thoroughly, and then sell it cheaply, it can work. The seller, however, rarely agrees. They just wait for a sucker.
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