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Know More: Survey Report

We spoke to surveyor Jeff Gonsalves about the Hunt Surfhunter 29, and here’s what he had to say:

  • “On any boat, you can get some moisture around some deck fittings, usually a lot of times up in the bow, around the windlass, the bow cleats, the stanchions for the bowrail.”
  • “On the stern drive, there’s a bellows around the gimbal bearing and the U-joint where the drive goes through the transom. And if the bellows gets a split in it, you get water in there, and it’ll rust the gimbal bearing. It’s not something you can see unless you pull the drive off. And a lot of boatyards will replace the bellows every year whether it needs it or not.”
  • “On the gas engine boats look at the exhaust risers, especially if the boat’s not used regularly. They can tend to scale—they’re cast iron, and you can get the cast iron starting to rust and scale and that affects the cooling in the exhaust risers, where the exhaust and cooling water mix. And sometimes it will cause an overheat alarm. Look for signs of weeping around the gaskets.”

Jeffrey P. Gonsalves, Yacht Services, 508-264-6330; www.jpgys.com

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