Sorry to hear about the letdown, josrulz. Yeah, there are plenty of boats out there, but by the time of the survey, you are mentally invested. But you dodged a bullet and did what you had to do! Good job.
The two big "breath-holders" for us during our survey was after the haul and power wash, and as the surveyer tapped out and metered the deck looking for wet core. Extensive problems in either area would have been disappointing show stoppers.
Good luck in your search!
Thanks, arf145. You're right about the mental investment. In regards to holding your breath about the deck and bottom--for us, that was one of the frustrating things. The surveyor had already gone over the deck and it was in great shape!
Oh well, we feel OK about the situation today. As you said, we did what we had to do. On to the next boat!