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Re: CS Merlin 36 Inspection
The one keelbolt in the picture seems odd to me. There's alot of rust coming up from under the plate. The gelcoat around it is peeling almost like there is regular steel under it but it may just be a trick of the eye from the shot. Still not good seeing that much rust. Did the nuts\plates look to be SS? They look dull grey almost like galvanized to me.
The separation of the bulkhead is a concern. If they get wet and rot normally you would expect them to crush down. For it to pull upwards like that would tell me that the tabbing has let go and the force being delivered to the chainplate is pulling the bulkhead up out of the boat. Did the tabbing break because the bottom of the bulkhead rotted away? It does look discoloured to me. Your rigging geometry is off now, but that's the least of the worry. How distorted is the deck and cabin top, mast step, etc, from that separation. The other reason it may have pulled up is from a hard grounding snapping the tabbing allowing the bulkhead to float free. The tabbing should support the bulkhead in order to hold up your mast, if the bulkhead is free floating that means the only thing keeping the stick up is the cabin top acting as a stopper. Some weirdness with this boat. Cracks, questions, but the bulkhead alone looks like alot of work to fix and would be a required one for seaworthiness in my opinion. I'd consider you continue shopping unless there is a die hard reason this has to be the boat for you.
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