Originally Posted by Teknav
When the paint is stripped off...if you see cracks in the keel extending sideways, don't even consider buying this boat. If cracks are up/down in length, it can be fixed; albeit pricey fix. Mauritz
There are a lot of external balast boats that have a crack where the keel meets the hull
. Its referred to as a "smile". Ive been an owner of a boat with that kind of a crack for over 10 years. The famous C&C
smile. Most C&C
owners will tell you they have it. Ive done numerous things but no matter what, the crack always came back. It's the nature of the joint. So just because it has a crack it does not mean it's a red flag. You need to find out if it's due to an incident like grounding, or perhaps due to neglect or lack of maintenance
and the structure is compromised.