Join Date: Aug 2006
Location: Arlington, VA
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As others have said, get another surveyor. This one is very unprofessional.
There's nothing in the pix to give one pause, except for the forementioned propane hot water heater. I'd remove that in a flash, before a flash or a leak puts you out of business for good. I know, I know...some people swear by them. But some people have been killed by them, too. Why take a chance?
Figure $1,000 to $1,500 for removal and a new quality hot water heater installation.
Have you seen this boat yourself? If not, you need to before going much further. The pix, though small and not plentiful, give the impression of an older boat which has been pretty well cared for. The equipment list also suggests that whoever did the choosing was not looking for the cheapest way out.
Nothing wrong with spruce masts. They were all there was before aluminum masts came along about 30 years ago. They just require some maintenance; the epoxy coating may have helped in that regard.
It might not take too much effort or expense to get this boat in shape to make the trip to Portland. And, I agree with you 100% about the looks: no way you can compare this boat to a BendyToy or other plastic bottle of that gendre :-)