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Based upon your last thread, with the amount of money you're looking to commit to the purchase of a sailboat, I would definitely insist upon a sea trial.
The sea trial allows you to sail the boat to see if it rides and operates the way that YOU want it to, as well as testing systems under load (engine, rigging, sails, etc) in a way that cannot be done in an ordinary survey at the dock.
The less money you spend, the less vital these things become, because they have less and less return on investment. For instance, you wouldn't bother paying $500 for a survey on a $2000, 25' boat. At that point, the purchase is simply a calculated risk and you inspect the boat yourself, as best as you can, and maybe have some sailing buddies look it over with you.
In your case, you'd hate to spend $10 - $30k on a boat, only to find that even though it passed a survey with flying colors, you hate how it sails or that you learn that due to some quirk, the cabin layout doesn't suit you.
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