Keels on older C&C's.
A smile is OK, 6", maybe 12", more than than and your probably dropping the keel
, at least far enough to clean the sealing surface and rebed it. Not as bad a job as it sounds, especially on a 30 footer.
Extra boat stands, a sense of humor
and lots of scraping, of course if that's the case you better be getting a REALLY good price
, your labors worth something.
If the bolts and grid are good the cost is rally cheap
but lots of sweat equity.
Get a survey
or compare it to other boats of the same model to do your own eyeball appraisal. One word of warning, I've seen some really good looking boats, on the surface, that were real pieces of crap, then again I've seen some ugly looking boats that were real gems. Look really hard, with a critical eye at how solid the hull
and main gear
are, the rest is window dressing.
You can more easily shine a boat up than repair a compromised hull/grid structure.
Haven't found a C&C
yet that didn't have some leaking in the chainplates, the ones I've owned I pulled the chainplates, fixed the surrounding core
area then glassed in solid with thickened west system and re-cut the through deck
slots. Otherwise it's not worth even screwing with. Butyl rubber worked best to seal them.