Since this is not your boat, I strongly suggest you do a lot of research
and pay for an independent survey
because fin keel repairs
can become very expensive.
Please also check the professional qualifications and yacht building experience of those who post advice
Two good sources of information. 1. Bavariayacht.org. 2. Boat design.net
yachts are well engineered. There are numerous owners who have posted issues with their keels. Please review these.
I have never visited their plant nor have I seen the construction drawings, but I have built vessels with similar keels. Iím not a big fan of this type of construction.
What I find interesting in reading over posts from other Bavaria owners is two things. Bavaria uses wood
as a structural element and you find a crack in a wood
component. I began building wood boats and properly engineered, wood is fine as a structural element. Next, Bavaria uses a thickened epoxy
rather than a polyurethane
between keel and hull. Pulling a keel off a hull is no simple matter but Bavaria owners have done this and it is expensive .
If you are committed to purchasing
this vessel, please take your time to get an accurate cost. Anything can be fixed, but even the finest boatbuilders will tell you the complexity of some repairs
are very difficult to see until things are taken apart. Simply dropping the keel partially, can pull pieces of the hull off. Lastly, do not take any shortcuts with wood structural elements. Wood / epoxy
construction with clean dry surfaces yields far greater strength than wood joints exposed to contamination from salts or oils.
Have you an opinion from the builders?
Happy trails to you.
The manatee crew.