I am in the surveying phase of purchasing
a 1984 C&C
32 in BC and while she was on the hard
, noticed that the keel
and the rudder
were not plumb with the hull
. The deflection of the keel
appeared to be to Stbd about 1 - 2 inches over its length and this was roughly checked and confirmed by measuring the tip of the keel to the waterline (difference was about 1 inch). The rudder
appeared to be angled slightly to port.
The keel bolts
and fibreglass in the sump area showed no signs of repair or problems. The rudder moved through its arc
without binding or showing any distorted path. An experienced surveyor
suggested that if there is no evidence of repair in the area of the keelboats the deflection is likely to be a factory anomaly… as is the rudder.
I am curious if others have experienced this issue and if indeed it is benign. Are the keels and rudders of C&C
boats not necessarily plumb from the factory?
A prospective owner,