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1972 Cal 29 Beam - How big is the risk?

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Thinking of picking up a Cal 29 that is in solid-shape except for the unknown status of the beam beneath the bulkhead. We are going to buy an endoscope to inspect further for rust but overall we like the boat a lot. How big is our risk here if the beam fails? Is it a value concern or a safety issue (ie hull cracking/rigging collapse)?
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Re: 1972 Cal 29 Beam - How big is the risk?

Didnít realize that there was a metallic structural beam down in there, but it seems that there is! You may have already found this thread:https://www.sailnet.com/forums/cal/5...-beam-rot.html
which should be informative. They talk about inspecting under the settees for telltale rust, and how some beams have been replaced, and/or are stainless. Unless it has been fixed, a boat as old as this one has to be is likely to have some rust degradation. It can be replaced/repaired, but unless you do it yourself, the cost may not be worth it. If the beam is shot, it is both a value and safety concern. It is not going to get better, and the reason it is there is to support the structure of the boat around the mast. It impacts the structural integrity of the hull and therefore the shrouds that hold up the mast. So... give a good look to see whatís going on in there.
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Re: 1972 Cal 29 Beam - How big is the risk?

I agree with Paulk. Not likely a boat this old that hasn't had the beam replaced is not going to have issues there. Only question is how bad it is.

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Re: 1972 Cal 29 Beam - How big is the risk?

It should be pretty obvious if the beam has or has not been replaced - my uncles 2-29 had a liner that covered the beam - it would have to be cut away to access the beam and it would be quite apparent if that had been done.

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