So I'm looking to buy my first boat and recently checked out a Catalina
22 in my area. During the inspection
, the owner mentioned that the bottom of the mast
was crimped near the holes where the mast
attaches to the deck
. It even looks like a small piece of the metal has broken off. I've attached a picture.
My questions on this are:
1) How serious is this? Should it get fixed immediately if I purchase
this boat, or could it wait a while?
2) What's the best way to fix it? The owner suggested perhaps having a machine shop trim the bottom few inches from the mast and getting new holes drilled, but I have no idea if this will affect the boat's performance?
3) How much (ballpark) would this cost to fix?
Really appreciate any feedback you all can provide. I'm still very new to this process, and don't know everything I don't know.