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Farr 11.6 (Farr 38)
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Moisture in the decks of an older boat is never a good thing under any circumstance, and so while common, would normally suggest either a give away price or walk the other way.

Moisture in the hull below the waterline is more common and acceptable.That said, although its hard to say for certain without seeing the boat, hairline cracks with brown liquid oozing out is not a good thing. The brown liquid could easily be tannic acid one of the surest signs of osmotic blistering and a potential sign of much greater problems. 1980 was the heart of the period when blister problems were at their worst and you may be looking at a boat that had bad blisters, and a blister repair job that is failing.

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