I'm going to try to make this adventure so far as simple and as short as possible, I hope you can understand what I am trying to explain and at the end your opinions will be appreciated.
Here it goes:
The Mrs and I recently got into sailing and we enjoyed it so much that we decided to buy a sailboat.
We found a 1993 Beneteau
400 for sale
( We are in the UK) . The story is that the owners no longer use the boat
and it has been sitting on the stands for over a year now without any maintenance
sent us a copy of a previous recent survey
and a copy of the repairs
that were done along with the cost.
This is a copy of the original survey
Since then, repairs
have been made to the boat
but not as described on the survey. see also attached.
We made a offer on her that was around 8k lower than the asking price
and the owners have accepted it. and we have put down a deposit.
I then arranged for my surveyor
to attend the boat and carry out a further survey to check everything was ok.
said to fully check the quality of the works carried out would mean removing a lot of the saloon
area. (the boat has a linear galley
and a U shaped seating area.
The only other way would be to test the repairs by taking it for a sea trial and put the keel
under stress to see if anything cracks or breaks.
The vessel was not safe for a sea trial at the time of the survey so we had to wait a few weeks for it to be ready to launch.
It needed new batteries
, new engine
mounts, and new position lights.
All was done and paid by the owner and the 2nd part of the survey was carried out yesterday.
So what we noticed as she was lifted off the stands was that the keel
did not move at all which was good and the sea trial went fine without anything cracking or breaking. However we did notice that with the vessel now in the water
and the Keel hanging the saloon
floor was now completely flat and not not raised as she was when she was on the stands.
Although the sea trial was fine and nothing broke, I am still worried about this issue of the floor flexing.
Am I worrying about something that I shouldnt be??? I am not sure.... HELP!
I also spoke to a friend on here that has the same model and this flexing of the floor does not happen on their boat, so that has made me even more worried. He Suggested dropping the offer price
even more to make the repairs properly.
I have heard that a repair like this here in the UK costs around 6k to 7k
At the moment there is not indication that the boat has any structural issues besides the floor raising when she is put on the stands.
What should I do? I dont want to loose my deposit also.
Hope to hear your opinions soon.
Thanks for taking the time to read through all this