Posted on Jan 12, 2019
Southern Marine Surveying
At first glance the area next to this anchor windlass might look fine. But upon closer inspection and percussion testing, it was discovered there is a 10"x10" soft spot just to the left of the windlass. Soft spots on the deck aren't always a deal breaker and are fairly common on older boats, but its important to know about any before you purchase a vessel. Soft spots are usually caused by water egress by a leaking deck hardware fitting (either the windlass, foot controls. rub rail, stanchion, water fill pipe or cleat in this case) and commonly found near the bow or anchor pulpit if the boat is in a covered slip but sticks out a few feet.