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A couple of points:
Usually these sorts of details are provided in the boat's listing. You would expect to see a description of the sail inventory and the age/condition of each sail. If this information was not provided up front, a prudent buyer should request it before making an offer.
If you weren't aware of the age of the sails/rigging, was this because you were misled, or merely neglected to investigate? If you were misled, then certainly a price adjustment could be warranted.
So the question boils down to "Were you aware of the age of the sails and rigging when you made the offer?" If you were, then your offer price should have considered the need to replace them. Given their age, before embarking on your "cruising dream", you should be planning to replace most of the working sail inventory as well as the standing and running rigging. It doesn't matter that the seller claims they are in "good condition" -- it would be imprudent to set off on a serious voyage with 25 year old sails and rigging (assuming they've had normal wear and tear).
If you simply neglected to investigate these details, or had the info but didn't asses it properly, then it's a little late to lower the offer. Of course, there may be all kinds of other reasons that crop up during survey/sea trial that might justify reducing the offer price.
P.S. In my experience, survey usually comes before sea trial. This is so you and the surveyor can inspect items in operation that were identified during survey as possibly being suspect. Is there some reason why you are planning the sea trial ahead of the survey?
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