We are looking at purchasing
a 1985 Beneteau
Idylle 13.5. It is an ex-moorings charter
boat but was supposedly only in service
for 2 years.
I had a look at it and it seems to be in fairly good shape. The foresail is toast and the running rigging
is on it's last legs but the standing rigging
are all in good shape. So nothing that can't be fixed.
The only question I have is that the post stated that the "Keel Bolts were re-set in 2000". The broker and current
owner (since 2007) have no idea about this so I'm not sure what this means. When they gave me bottom pictures there was a mysterious line about where the keel
joint would be (see picture)
The owner said that it was only some 5200 for cosmetic fairing at the turn of the hull. See reasonable but I'm concerned it is the keel
to hull joint separating.
Does anyone have any knowledge about keel problems on these boats? Should I run away? I would think it would be easy enough to drop the keel and re-bedded. It is a cast iron keel (not ideal I know) but I believe I could then replace the keel bolts
and be sure there is no problem.
If anyone has any further info on these boats it would also be appreciated. I couldn't find much on the web, which hopefully means that they have few problems!
Thanks in advance,