Here's is another example of total saturation this time on a C&C. This is a must do fix and this boat is not one I would like to set out to sea on. Remember, the chain plates hold up the mast and the deck is an integral part of the support system for the chain plates. In this case the leak that caused the wet decks had also caused rotting of the bulkhead the chain plate was physically attached to.
This particular boat had moisture in lots of critical places though she looked very presentable. Unfortunately without a meter you'd likely hire a surveyor, based on cosmetics alone, and pay them $600.00 to find this.. Save yourself $400.00 and buy a meter.
If you still don't feel comfortable using a moisture meter, even after reading this, please do not buy one. If on the other hand you are competent with a wrench, have common sense, enjoy DIY and have the desire to read beyond these pages and do your home work the moisture meter will be one of your best boating investments!