OK! After borrowing a trailer, driving 120 miles, and trusting a guy off craigslist that the boat wasn't a total POS...I have acquired my first sailboat! After a thorough look over I decided that with a little sweat and elbow grease I could make it into a perfect little day sailer to rip around my local harbor in. NOW FOR THE OVERHAUL! I cleaned out all the leaves and gave it a good pressure wash to clean it up. I removed the bow hook, deck hardware, and pulled out the insert under the cubby. Someone siliconed it in! ICK, better than removing 5200! I crawled in there to take a look and the stringers aren't rotten, but definitely wet. I am going to to let it dry out while I do the bottom, then probably put a dehumidifier in there to get it as dry as I can. Wondering how they had gotten so wet, it was soon apparent when I drug it up on the dock and flipped it over. About 2/3s of the way up the bottom of the hull where I believer there is a stringer or bulkhead I found two large damaged areas. You can see them circled in red on the close up of the hull. I could see some sheared fiberglass in there (very thin). It is obviously a hard spot and has been torn up from dragging it up the beach and being rammed into the dock buy the previous owner, etc. It had been sitting on this guys lawn and I assume the there was a capillary effect and the wood soaked it up. WET, but not totally ROTTEN. SO! I will be posting photos of the project coming along. I am going to put some bottom paint on it because I have a spot to keep it here in the harbor, then I'll haul it out and put it on a cradle for those bitter cold winter months. Today I ordered a new gasket set for the centerboard because the existing one was pretty chewed up. I also got some new shrouds. Anyways, I hope you guys have fun following along and and would appreciate any input! I am trying to source a rub rail for it and called Taco and Catalina direct and sailboat owners . com and havent heart anything. Has anyone replaced one of these?