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We get a lot of folks that stop by asking for boat buying advice. The collective wisdom here invariably emphasizes the need to hire a competent surveyor when evaluating a serious prospect. So, if you have an experienced surveyor with solid references, it would be a bit hypocritical for us to second guess his opinion, he having seen the boat and us not.

That said, Jeff has pointed out some inconvenient truths about boats from that era. And when you write:

There are some hairline cracks oozing brown liquid.
that sort of description sets off all kinds of alarms in folks who have been around boats for a while. It may be nothing serious, or it could be as Jeff suggests a festering problem. More info would be helpful, especially photos if you have them.
 

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What did you say?:D :D :D

Cruisingmom, as you can see we like to kid around quite a bit here, so don't take Boatpoker's comments as anything other than a little kidding.

Boatpoker posted the note above about the balsa coring extending to within 15" of the hull centerline, which would put it well below the waterline. You should mention this info to your surveyor, and you should be able to find evidence of this when you inspect the inside of the hull during survey.

Good luck and, please, consider giving us an update after the survey is completed. We're curious too.:)
 
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