Originally Posted by NLRDANNERS
One thing I noticed was that the automatic bilge pump ran around 4 times in the 30 to 40 minutes we spent on the boat
. Is that normal? I am of the thinking that the bilge should be dry but I have no experience with that so I am not sure what the norm is?
The boat is sinking and the Seller doesn't know it - or was hoping you wouldn't know it.
So the answer to your earlier question would be: it hasn't sunk...yet.
(By the way, if you did ask a Seller if the boat had ever sunk, it would reveal you to be quite a greenhorn. The vast majority of boats never sink and we sailors go to great lengths to prevent that.)
Boatpoker's Marine Survey 101
(link provided by a ImaginaryNumber above) and Don Casey's "Inspecting the Aging Sailboat" are great resources.