Can you trust a survey??
Here is an opinion from the other side. I had placed a deposit on a new boat with my present boat as a trade, subject to a survey. The guy showed up and spent the next hour mostly tapping on the hull and deck with a rubber mallet and looking in lockers and other things. "For a 28 year old boat looks like you''ve taken good care of it" says he. Well, when the dealer called up and told me the guy had found "wet spots in the deck and one of the cockpit lockers" I flipped! Ther are no wet spots, I know because I hade rebedded all deck hardware and checked the core in several locations myself just a few years ago. There is no buckling, softspots or mushyness anywhere and I had both locker covers completely redone - i.e. they were NEW ! So, deal cancelled, no new boat and I stay with my oldie but goodie. And this "marine Surveyor" is supposed to be one of the best? B.S. ! I wonder how many other deals these "experts" have screwed up like mine ?