So I'm in the process of making an offer on a 1976 Bristol 24. I've just had the boat surveyed and an issue did arise with the mast
step. The shrouds are very loose, as it's winter and the boat hasn't been sailed in over a year, so the rigging
hasn't been tuned up. However the problem is, the mast
seemed to jiggle/move when it was pushed/pulled from port to starboard. This indicates a problem with the mast step, the surveyor
reckons (deck stepped mast).
There is also some cracking in the fiberglass
above the archway to the v-berth, which is essentially the compression
support for the mast.
There is no cracking on deck
around the mast, or any signs of sloping, which the surveyor
reckons does not indicate a compression
problem. But he suggests dropping the mast, seeing what's going on under there and either repairing it or having it repaired before raising sail. Which I fully agree with.
However the boat is only a bit more than $3,000---and I'd hate to have a HUGE expense (i.e. thousands!!) right off the bat...does anyone have any suggestions as to what the problem might be and what kind of solution might be needed?
I;m still new to sailboats (only been sailing a few years) and this is the first sailboat I will be buying
and owning outright, so if my description seems lacking it's because I'm a newbie
Thanks in advance!!!