Originally Posted by Maine Sail
Remember the survey, for all intense & purposes, is so you can get insurance and know the boat is safe.
I have to disagree. Maybe if you are highly experienced with working on boats, seeing the different kinds of things that can be wrong with them, and have a good idea what's involved in fixing those sorts of things, then this might be true. Based on your past postings, I suspect this describes you.
Most of us are NOT that familiar with all of the various things that can be wrong. We hire a surveyor because we want someone with more experience to look the boat over and determine if there is anything wrong (read: costly to fix) that we have missed. We hire a surveyor to help us avoid making a very expensive mistake.
If the survey reveals something that we missed, and that the broker/seller did not disclose, then it is perfectly reasonable to reopen negotiations, or just walk away. Indeed, it would be foolish NOT to!