Join Date: Feb 2010
Location: east Tennessee
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Well, here's an update... I could only find one marine surveyor within a reasonable driving distance, so I chose that surveyor sight unseen. He arrived on-time, dressed in his SAM hat/shirt and that was the bright spot. He had a bad hip and wasn't very mobile at all. In fact, he never stepped foot on the boat. He had asked for the SJ21 to be out of the water, so we had it up on the trailer. Unfortunately, between his advanced age and bad hip, there was no way he was going to get up on the boat. He tapped the deck using a golf ball and looked at the mast and the rigging. He didn't look at the keel nor did he check below for any moisture issues.
Anyway, we purchased the SJ21 and will hope for the best... You all were right, it was certainly a "learning experience".