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Cal 29-2 cross beam question

Have agreed to price with seller on a late 70's Cal 29-2 - have to do a more in depth inspection this week - I know Cal boats pretty well - the price is low and feel pretty confident in my ability to identify any possible problems - - however one area that seems specific to this model - a steel cross beam under the bulkheads that also help support the mast - I know they have been know to rust and cause problems - I don't see any low areas around the mast and the rigging seems tight ( boat has been on the hard for about a year) - so I don't think the beam has deteriorated much over the past year at least - what I am not sure of - is how to inspect it - can you see from bilge? - do you have to look at it from the sump area in the head - or do you need some sort of flexible camera to stick inside to get a look?

It looks like a pretty intense repair if it has problems -
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Re: Cal 29-2 cross beam question

This steel cross beam is present is several Cal boats. This is what they usually look like when out of the boat:
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Re: Cal 29-2 cross beam question

You need a borescope to check it.

Even though you don't see low areas doesn't mean it is not rusted out - they typically are going bad.
The question is how much risk do you want to take with it - ignorance is bliss?

There are commercially made replacements. Cal 29's are good boats and replacing the compression beam would not be a deal breaker for me - I can think of more difficult things to have to fix on a sailboat.
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