When I went on my seatrial, the owner wasnt on board. I have never met the PO of my boat, just spoke to him on the phone once.
Our seatrial consisted of myself, my mother, the salesman, and the surveyor. On my seatrial I elected to take the boat to a boatyard and have it hauled out to check for the bottom for blisters and check the prop and such.
The wind wasnt very strong at all but we raised the sails and checked for tears and such.
Afterwards, my mother and I took the surveyor out to lunch and we discussed the seatrial and other things.
I agree with not commiting to the boat right after but wait for the survey. You can use the negative things that the surveyor finds to bring down the price of the boat a bit.
Small is beautiful, simple, cheap, and easy......
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