I'm looking at an Irwin
43 center cockpit
that appears to have some compromised wood in a lateral stringer near the front cabin/head. A limber hole was drilled through the stringer just to starboard of the mast
box to run a fresh-water hose underneath the sole. When they drilled they threaded the hose right through the limber hole and never sealed the wood/plywood. Since then the wood has absorbed water
and part of the stringer "rings" dead with a hammer.
Access there is a bear, the surveyor
and I are uncertain if the lateral stringer we see forward of the mast
box is integral in the support of the mast or if it just mated or "sistered" up to the actual box/step that is the true support for the mast. The stringer could just support the molded plastic floor and the mast step/box is not really part of the compromised wood. There is a house bank battery
tray in the way, we peeked in all the areas we could see but just can't tell if the stringers are "weight bearing" or if the mast step has its own supports actually beneath the mast itself.
I know this verbal description is a bit weak, what I'm looking for is if anyone has an idea of what the actual construction is like under the mast of this vessel or better yet a diagram or repairs
undertaken at one time? If you click on the photo
you can see half of the issue. Sorry took this photo
previously not expressly for this issue.
This is pretty serious issue and we are not sure how to proceed further with the seller unless he authorizes some invasive investigation!!