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If you really don''t understand the problem, how have you "taken it in consideration in your offer"?!! Did you pull back $3,000 or $30,000? Which number if either will actually be enough?
Consider no one''s opinion on such a situation except your surveyor, and even then you have to be willing to accept some risk (think $$$)if you proceed even well advised. Beneteaus have solid glass hulls and a situation like you describe is something I''ve never heard of with such a boat. My advice is to run from this boat, quickly as possible - leave if to a newbie or a gambler. Understand that the seller has a solid knowledge of whatever the real problem and probable cost of repair is, and can/will drop the price to sweeeten the apprearance of the deal to you, as long as he stays well above his inside knowledge of value - repair costs.
Sorry to seem a nag, but someone may take a real bath on a problem like this. Check out http://www.yachtsurvey.com/structuralissues.htm to see how nasty hull failures can be.