Broken shit on a Melges 24

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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ryley

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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.

 

Irish River

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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. 

 
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! 

 

Bull City

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

 

Essex

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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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