Would you buy a car without a test drive? The cost should be a haul in/out. Yes, it probably costs near what the survey
does, but as part of the survey, it is critical to the understanding of the condition.
I am somewhat disappointed in your surveyor
. They should have requested the sea trial as that is the way to see the boat under load where the stresses on the rigging
, etc. are in "non-ideal" conditions. A few thousand pounds of stress do a world of things to mechanical components.
As a basic list, once underway they would look at the following under load:
standing/running - stress on deck
- prop rotation, speed, loads..
- Sail condition - when they are up, did they go up cleanly, easily or do you need to be Conan? (the barbarian - not the comic)
- Windless, and winches under load
- tracks, cleats
and boom shapes
This is definitely a case of buyer beware so do everything to protect your investment.