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Columbia 8.3 - buying without survey?
I'm considering buying a Columbia 8.3 and am looking for some advice ....
Believe it or not, my problem with this purchase is that I cannot find a surveyor willing to look at the boat! The local surveyor refused, stating a conflict of interest as he's friends of the broker. No-one else in the area has returned my phone calls.
The boat was surveyed in 2005 by the current owner. No osmosis. Some delamination on the starboard side deck, just forward of the mast, on the sidedeck. I don't know how close the delamination is in relation to the chainplate, but can easily find out. I saw the boat a few days ago and thought the deck around the forward hatch was a bit soft as well. The bilge has about 2-3" of clean standing water, but the bilge pump has been off for almost 12 months. The current owner lived aboard for 3 years and didn't sail. The previous owner sailed regularly.
So, should I leave it alone, or go back and look again? And what should I look for as potential trouble spots with the Columbia 8.3?
Any advice appreciated!