Re: Trying another tack... Looking for the right boat near Vancouver, BC.
The owner of the surveying company came by just now. He looked over the boat, and acknowledged mistakes had been made. I appreciated his thoroughness and honesty about my situation, and his assessment of the repairs I'm facing and how I might tackle them. We've left it at that for now, we'll both reflect on things, and talk over a refund of a portion of the survey cost to help with the mast support repair.
That he took the time to do this, didn't bull **** me about any part of the situation says a lot about his integrity, and the values of his company.
Edit:I'll be more detailed when I am not writing from my phone.