I bought a sailboat 12 years ago, using the services of a Marine Surveyor recommended to me by the Boat Dealer as being reputable. The boat surveyed ok except for cosmetic details,keel needed painting,etc. I bought the boat, and after building a trailer, brought it home to work on at my convience. As I was scraping and digging at the old caulking, I heard a dull sound coming from the deck material. The upshot was I sounded the whole deck and discovered wood rot.I started digging through the crap, and discovered that the rot had also gone into the deck shelf. That was 12 years and 60% of the deck and supporting members ago. If I ever buy another boat, I''ll do my own survey. Has anyone here had similar experience with so-called surveyors ?