This winter, I purchased a C&C
30 mk i that has been stored in a dry warehouse in Ontario
for 13 years after the death of its owner. My question: after 13 years in dry storage
(and it is a good warehouse), I am considering buying/renting a moisture meter to run over the deck
, but would that be useful? Even if the boat
had wet core
originally, would the core
not have dried out by now? Should I skip the meter and start drilling exploration holes?
The background.... Thirteen years ago, the PO removed 90% of the hardware
from the boat deck
, plugged the holes with some basic tar (as a temporary measure for the move, I imagine), and then had the boat trucked from a marina to a warehouse. Then he passed away. All his next-of-kin and the warehouse owner know is that he mentioned that he intended to do unspecified 'work.' My guess: this work
might have been prepping to relocate the winches etc to reroute the rigging
to the cockpit
(which many of the C&C
30 owners eventually do); and/or it might have been a re-drill and re-bed program for the hardware
. (But he filled in hardware mounting holes even in places were there was no core, e.g. on cocking coamings where it was just fiberglass
, which suggests to me that he was not necessarily targeting core rot
.) This 'work' probably wasn't a paint
job--the warehouse says the PO would have known they would not have allowed that (the place is cramped and has collector cars stored around the boat).
This winter, I carefully walked the deck pre-purchase (and before freezing temperatures set in), but could feel no soft spots. I always had surveyors for my previous boat purchases, but the rest of the boat was in great shape (bone dry) and the asking price
was 'Any offer, just get this out of our lives. As is.' So I took a flier on it. Now that spring has arrived, I'm about to start remounting the hardware. But before I start, I'm not sure if I should give the whole deck a moisture check--for peace of mind at least.
Notably, the 'rapping' approach to listening for hollow spots gives me mixed results. Some areas around the old hardware locations sound slightly deeper timbre than other locations, but the difference is so modest I don't know if it's significant.