JRM, it sounds good to me ( for all that's worth
This would make a good thread. " Does the surveyor
really need to be present at sea trial ?"
I never really saw the great value in having my surveyor
present, ( I know I'll get flamed for that!). Sea trials always seemed about fit, does the boat sail the way I expected, does she fit with what I want. The nuts and bolts stuff I always left to the survey
day. Of course, I'm going to feel her rudder
under load of sail, go down below and look for flexing, look at the deck
joint etc. But these potential issues would show themselves during survey
You are very lucky to have a friend willing to lend his expertise, he will give you advice and wisdom a surveyor would steer clear of, I think that is a good thing.
Have fun! F31 are great boats,