While no-one can tell for sure from a single
picture, unless by 'coastal cruising' the surveyor
meant within the Puget Sound
area, and not
the open coastal ocean north or south of Cape Flattery, and especially if you're new to boating
, I might be searching for a new surveyor
At the very least, the rudder shoe needs to be pulled, which will tell you several things; what is the condition of the rudder pintle or shaft, is the deadwood that the shoe is secured to wood
, and its' condition (I'm assuming the boat
is fiberglass), what are the condition of the fasteners, etc.
When you say 'leak', is water pooling inside the hull
, where it can be pumped out, or is it being absorbed by the core
material where the rudder shoe is fastened?
As noted, the prop is also a mess and should be checked for de-zincification.
The 4108 is a good reliable engine
and from the couple of pictures of it, it looks fairly well maintained. There is a lot of corrosion
around the raw water pump
that needs to be looked at as it probably indicates a leaking cover plate, and an impeller check and (probably) change would be a good, inaugural introduction
to engine maintenance