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Thanks for all of your posts.
I was not suggesting not getting a survey at all unless my decision was to not purchase the boat. My point of not correcting the small blisters relates to the previous survey and opinions that I have received from 2 surveyors on this issue. Their opinions are that the osmotic condition of a 25 year hull is essentially stable b/c the water that has penetrated the gell coat has already reacted with the chemicals underneath the gell coat, and then tends to remain stable and not propegate further into the deeper laminates. IMO, if there are pock marks or small blisters at various locations, they should be taken out so the hull is fair and proper. However, there is a price to pay (and pay) for a perfect boat! Some believe that if the condition has stabilized and there is no significant moisture or delam, then it should be monitored, but not necessarily repaired right away. I think the reasonableness of this approach depends upon the premise that the existing SMALL and not large in number blisters and pock marks are stable and are not propegating deeper or causing any structural delamination. Even though my background is Mech. Eng., I am not a certified appraiser and must rely upon their judgment for opinions on this.
I think in the end, the outcome may depend on the moisture readings, the results of the soundings and whether the seller will offer some reasonable concession in view of the findings. Also, I agree with the comment about problems with moisture readings through bottom paint. If the paint has metal/copper content, it will tend to reflect the meter output and distort the readings. I will suggest that we remove several areas for the moisture testing and I definitely intend to be with the boat during the survey.