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Albin Nimbus with Damp Deck Core -- Any Advice?

I am looking at a 1981 Albin Nimbus 42. The hull, rig, and engine all look good. My one serious concern which may cause me to walk away is that the deck shows some limited delamination (after being rapped with a surveyor's hammer) and widespread high moisture in the deck based on meter readings.

The old teak deck sheathing was removed and the deck reglassed and non-skid applied at least ten years ago. The boat has not be maintained in about three years and there are also leaks in the cabin from the port lights and hatches. I am reasonably sure that the caulk on deck fittings and stanchions is shot and probably a source of leaking as well.

If the core was balsa or plywood, I would definitely walk away. I understand that the core Albin used is Divinycell foam, which may be somewhat more impervious to water. I have read other Albin owners' opinions that a wet deck with the foam may not be a deal breaker. The decks themselves do not feel spongy from walking and bouncing around on them.

The easiest thing to do is to walk away. On the other hand, I do like the boat quite a bit. Does anyone have any wisdom to offer?
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