As others have already said, you paid for the survey
and it's yours to do with as you wish. Neither the agent you dealt with nor the owner of the vessel you were considering are entitled to even read it without your consent. If your surveyor
provides them with a copy, I would be shocked. If you do, then you have made another mistake.
As Intentional Drifter wrote, handle this in a businesslike fashion: Pay the surveyor
for his time and the survey
he produced for you, either written or digital, inform the agent's broker of your profound disappointment with his agent, inform the state of Florida
about the agent and, if you still want to buy a boat
, find a reputable agent to work
only on your behalf. Just because you find a boat
on your own that you become emotionally attached to, you are not obligated to select the listing broker as your representative - in fact, that's a very bad idea.
I'm a bit surprised that someone who seems to not have much experience at purchasing
a boat would start with a 48' vessel. That is a handful for even a very experienced sailor. I know it's always easy to see oneself sipping Sundowners in the cockpit
and entertaining friends and family
aboard a big vessel, but the associated costs of maintenance
, dockage, etc. rise exponentially as the vessels one considers buying
increase in size.
Whatever the monetary cost has been, consider it your tuition in this school-of-hard-knocks course in Boat-Buying 101. It can only get better after this.