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My opinion would be to walk.
Blisters and wet deck are two whammies- you can do your homework and get concessions from the seller, but you still will need to accept the risk of the possible surprises. To go ahead, you need to get expert estimates of both repairs. What needs to be done to remove the deck moisture or to prevent a worse situiation. What type of bottom repair is needed. Understand that any estimate must be based on incomplete information, I would not use the yard where the boat is for estimates, if they have any relationship with the seller or broker. Blister problems can run from cosmetic to major - here is a comment I made on another thread "...Sometimes its simple and sometimes its otherwise. The recent blister repair on a friend's SW42 from a well known Maine builder involved machine peeling the hull, replacing all of the wet Airex, and glassing a new bottom, requiring nine months, $15,000, plus a missed sailing season..." As you can see, hull coring can make a big difference - if the laminate moisture has gotten into the core, the repair may involve replacing the core.
I think its natural to want to gloss over concerns at this point under the enthusiasm and excitement of pending new owership, and to make only positive assumptions about the unknown. If fact, I've did that myself on my last purchase. I'd say my enthusiam cost me some $20-30,000 I'll not get back when I sell my now, almost perfect, boat.
Last edited by sailingfool; 10-21-2006 at 10:33 AM.