Bender of Nails
Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: West Coast BC
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The surveyor's mandate is to report that the problem exists, not diagnose the cause.
About the only good reason for water in the bilge is the slow drip from the stuffing box, if so equipped. That is measured in drops, so it would take a long time for that much to accumulate. Water weeps through a boat so the place where you see it is rarely how it got in. All the places mentioned to look at are good ones, but to me this raises a bigger question and a red flag:
Obviously the boat was left unattended at the dock for a long time, otherwise the water would have been dealt with. Most people (brokers included) are pretty proactive about getting and keeping standing water out of a boat they're trying to sell, because it never looks good to a potential buyer. Therefore, what else has seen equal neglect ? Right way I'd be checking stuff like heat exchangers, zincs, fuel, etc...all stuff that we ought to check anyway but often don't.
A survey and caveat emptor are the rule here I think...
"Verbosity leads to unclear inarticulate things"