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You can negotiate for anything, but the broker is advising what most sellers would expect - sale contingent on a survey (satisfactory to you alone, no explanation necessary to terminate the sale), the sea trial only serves to confirm the proper operation of gear that can't be tested prior, plus receipt of all stuff. HOWEVER, I assume that you have not contracted this broker yourself, so remember that he/she actually represents the seller here, so take ALL advice with a grain of salt. Be sure to also have an engine survey.
Then again, I'd be comfortable to agree to a sea trail contingency on my 36...
Last edited by sailingfool; 01-19-2007 at 12:45 PM.