I just bought a Bristol 27, as is, sight unseen, no survey
. It was a calculated risk. Let's leave this part at that.
I just had the boat delivered to a marina nearby. It is about in the condition I imagined, namely not bad for a 40 year-old boat. Gellcoat above the water
line is okay. New coat of paint
below the water
line. No blisters
. Decks are sound. (Base of mast
might be a discussion for another day.)
There is one issue, however, which was not evident from the pictures I had seen: there seems to be a 2" gouge in the hull
right on the front line of the keel
. The shots of the boat I had been provided carefully masked this. The marina people here did not seem too worried about the gouge when I pointed it out. There is actually a transducer mounted inside the indentation. But it seems like a big intentation for a little transducer.
So I don't think it was put there for the transducer and I'm a little worried that this might be something structural. I'm attaching a picture and would appreciate any feedback.