Originally Posted by donrr1
And then there is the real world of the need to wiegh all of the possible outcomes and then let the emotion of the buyer make the decision.
Huh--not exactly! I've walked away from lots of boats I thought I loved until I got to see the real story. The surveyor in question kept me from loosing a great deal of money on a fin keel 30-footer that the broker told me "It's normal for the keel to flex like that. The surveyor pulled up the sole and showed me how the hull itself was flexing due to the loose keel. When we got it out of the water you could wiggle the keel back and forth 6" with your hands. On the way back to the slip the broker asked if I wanted to take the helm--I told him "No thanks, I'm not interested."