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Old 03-13-2014
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Re: Should I be scared??? What would you do???

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The surveyor remained in the cabin while we tacked back and forth and somehow caught that the main bulkhead was shifting. We actually put tape on the bulkhead on one tack and measured the offset on both tacks. The bulkhead was moving somewhere between a 1/4" and 3/8". The seller claimed that he had no idea that was happening but needless to
Funny you should mention that, I've done the same thing with a small crack in bulkhead veneer. In my case it was eventually shown that the entire liner was not bonded to the hull and this 1yr old boat was pulling itself apart.
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Re: Should I be scared??? What would you do???

FWIW, I bought a boat out of season, "contingent on survey and sea trial" standard verbiage. But the way it worked for me, and this was validated by my contract as well as by other, unrelated folks I spoke with, was that you accept the deal if you're happy with the survey, you pay for the boat, but some percentage (usually the same percentage as your initial deposit) is held in escrow pending sea trial in case other issues come up. By that point you'll have a good idea, hopefully. It's a risk, and not for everyone, especially if something like the above-mentioned bulkhead issue doesn't show up until sea trial, but something worth considering if a boat you're really interested in is available at a good price out of season. A good surveyor is likely to notice hints of potential hidden issues before launch. The caveat, of course, is that once you accept the boat, I would imagine your recourse is limited to the amount in escrow, and you'd probably have to fight pretty hard to get that. The risk of buying out of season, right?
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Re: Should I be scared??? What would you do???

I guess if you are realy experienced a sea trial will give you feedback on the boat and operational issues. A survey will give you the structural condition from a good shipwright. I spent an entire day with the surveyer on the boat i ultimately bought and came out with a notebook full of information and a to do list. Certainly more info than was on the survey and a good feeling that the boat was sound and appropriately priced.

It is a big deal when you are inexperienced,
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