There is a common topic of discussion regarding the boat buying process that I've seen with prospective boat buyers over the years. That topic is how do you handle the boat buying process regarding post survey negotiations.
Here's Kevins opinion
I believe that as prospective boat buyers we have the obligation to carefully look over a boat, and to make our offer based on our careful observations.
I believe that we as buyers should not ever go back to a seller and try to negotiate a lower price based on things that we either noted on our personal inspection, or that we should have noted on our personal inspection. I believe that our offer should have included consideration of those items.
I believe that we as buyers should not try to renegotiate a sale price based on a small quantity of "small" things that a surveyor finds, such as expired flare kits, or expired eprib batteries, or even a failed bilge pump we missed on our inspection.
I believe that we as buyers should use a surveyor (hull and engine) for his/her specialized skills, not for our lack of general observation skills. I believe that any major issues that are revaled by the surveyor(s), should be the basis of renegotiation, or of the buyers decision not to purchase that particular vessle.