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Re: Angry at my surveyor....
This is just an example why I have always had a nervous feeling about a surveyor. Frankly, When you get over your anger, I think he really did you a favor. I am more than a little cautious about boat condition. It really does not take much to sink the boat. These are all rather minor but he is right, I would want to have them all fixed ASAP. Certainly before I did any sailing I did not have to do. I would want several fixed before I headed for my home port to. Even "soft " word scares me a bit.
But I think I would see what my insurance company said before I got excited.
Frankly, I would get a lot more excited if the boat sunk and it was from one of these things and he had missed it.
Sorry my friend. A flaw on a boat to me is a bit like a rotten fuel line on a tank in a combat zone.