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So I broke down last year and bought a Melges 24. It was the cheapest one on the market, Hull #22. Built in 1993. Aside from being in rough shape cosmetically, the pervious owner assured me it was a solid boat. Over the winter I had it inspected by a surveyor and no surprise they found some issues. The worst of them is the T shaped support structure that holds the boat together, was cracked and ultimately destroyed some years ago. Someone made a shitty bandaid fix, but she seems to sail fine, I haven’t noticed any difference from sailing on hull #800 other than it being cleaner. So my question is for anyone familiar with Melges’s. Is the boat safe to sail like this? Is it an easy repair? Should I repair it, or write the boat off? What else am I potentially missing?Thanks.

 

- Will 

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13 hours ago, Will O'Haver said:

the T shaped support structure that holds the boat together, was cracked and ultimately destroyed some years ago. Someone made a shitty bandaid fix,

seems like you've answered your own question. I sure wouldn't want to sail a performance boat with a known structural problem.

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Fix it.  There are many boats that have had a failed T beam. Ours did in 2015, hull# 591, which is a 2005.  We fixed it and continue to sail it at a high enough level for weekend warriors. Our fix was done by a pro, as the damage included the coach house. It wasn't that bad for the fix, he said, but grinding is shitty in confined space. 

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15 hours ago, Irish River said:

Fix it.  There are many boats that have had a failed T beam. Ours did in 2015, hull# 591, which is a 2005.  We fixed it and continue to sail it at a high enough level for weekend warriors. Our fix was done by a pro, as the damage included the coach house. It wasn't that bad for the fix, he said, but grinding is shitty in confined space. 

Interesting. It sounds like a more common failure then I realized. Thank you for the information! 

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On 4/6/2021 at 10:03 PM, Will O'Haver said:

So I broke down last year and bought a Melges 24. It was the cheapest one on the market, Hull #22. Built in 1993. Aside from being in rough shape cosmetically, the pervious owner assured me it was a solid boat. Over the winter I had it inspected by a surveyor and no surprise they found some issues.

Will, it sounds like you had it surveyed after you bought it. Is that correct?

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Used to own this one, sold it to a guy in Wisconsin maybe 5 years back. Don't recall that being an issue, but then again we never had a survey done.

Let me know if any questions. 

As i recall, i replaced much of deck hardware including traveler track and car. Also re-bedded stanchions, pulpit, rudder pintles/gudgeons.

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