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I've been looking to purchase a 1980 Hunter 27 - - - budget give away but I've attached photos to show my concern observed.

Should I just walk away or consider a costly repair by haul out, inspection, possible keel drop and fix/restoration.

I don't have a money tree, just looking for solid advice... my gut says run away.... !!

Thanks in advance.

Kevin F.
Satellite Beach, FL
 

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Well, they don't look horrible for 40 year old bolts... But I don't think they are 40 years old. Hopefully someone more familiar with Hunters can jump in. My take is that those are aftermarket. They appear to have used fender washers that have dimpled under the load and the one looks to have pulled itself into a soft spot. That there is no gelcoat on top of them suggests to me that they are aftermarket.

Whether they are OK or not, I'd encourage you to go with your gut. You are never going to be confident with them unless you drop the keel and make repairs. This is Florida and there are a lot of boats to choose from.
 
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