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In my experience few surveyors will make detailed inspections of sails. I have seen a couple of them reach into the sailbags to get an idea of the age and condition, but that results in some pretty generalized comments with plenty of disclaimers.
Unless the sails are really recent, their value is not really a significant part of the purchase price.
Similarly, I've never seen a surveyor go up the rig to inspect the standing rigging - they leave that to the rigging experts who have the right equipment and the expertise to make those kinds of assessments. As Cam says above, at least you got a decent engine survey!
You may get some general statements, especially with older boats and perhaps as an observation rather than a noted defect, to the effect that the standing rigging should be replaced or assessed due to the age of the vessel. (of course there is no real way to know, unless told, if the rigging has been renewed over the life of the boat)
Also, IMO, though you want a proper thorough investigation of your intended purchase, an overzealous surveyor can cause you grief with your insurance carrier as they will often insist on recification of all "defects" prior to extending coverage. The insurance people don't necessarily know what weight to apply to the surveyor's comments. I had a comment on a recent survey that some cabin windows exhibited signs of minor leakage (not uncommon, of course) and included this fact in his recommendations. Our insurance co. (whom we had used for the previous 12-15 years) insisted that the windows be repaired within 30 days as a condition of coverage. As this was late fall on the west coast, we went to another carrier and did a proper job in the spring.
For total peace of mind, I suppose one should get a marine survey, a mechanical survey (engine & machinery) and a rigging inspection. These all require persons of different expertise. And all will want their pound of flesh!
Last edited by Faster; 09-26-2006 at 10:59 PM.