Really??? 580 hours on a 2004, which in reality averages out to about 190 hours a year, or less than 4 hours a week, is not considered light use?
Mind you, this boat has not been in Maine with the 5 month sailing season. But assuming it is in a 6 month sailing season area, 8 hours a week, or just over an hour a day is not considered light use? Granted, I'm no expert on marine diesels though I've owned automobiles with diesels for the past 10 years, and considering their perspective life expectancies, I'm surprised that that sort of usage is not considered light. My bad. Let me correct myself, it has an extensively used diesel and, yes, Sapperwhite, you are correct. For the investment, I guess it makes sense to cover myself and have the engine surveyed.
Are you saying a marine surveyor would not be capable of determining the condition of the sails? So, in fact, I should have a marine surveyor go over the boat with a fine tooth comb, have an engine surveyor check out the diesel and a sailmaker look at the sails. Are there any other "specialists" I should bring in? I assume I tell the marine surveyor to ignore the engine and the sails - right?
I certainly was off base, presuming boats of this quality, after 2-3 years, would be considered, for all intents and purposes, basically new. Granted, if the boat had been owned by someone who has spent the last 3 years circumnavigating I guess I'd have had more concerns than I did. Clearly I was way off base.