About 10 years ago a friend bought a brand new 38 rampage. At the time he spent about 600K on it. He didn't see the need to spend almost $3k to have the hull
and both diesel
engines along with the generator
He took possession of the boat
in the water
. That fall when he hauled the boat
, he found a large repair
to the keel
Apparently, the manufacturer was showcasing that model on a boating
TV show. They arranged for the show to demo a boat from a local dealer. During filming, they ran the boat aground.
after the shoot, the dealer hauled the boat, had the keel
repaired, then bottom painted the entire thing. He then sold
the boat wihtout disclosing the damage and repair
. The repair was done incorrectly and allowed water
to ingress and soak the foam cored hull
Several law suits and an extensive repair followed. They had to first drill about 30+ holes into the hull and let it sit and slowly drain, then dry out. This took months. Then the failed repair had to be fixed, then the drain holes had to be fixed.
My buddy completely lost
faith in the boat and sold
it at a massive loss.
Short Answer: Yes, get a hull and systems survey.