Well sad to report, my '98 400EC failed the hull survey today for high moisture in the port stringer. This boat deal was the most backwards deal EVER that I've experienced. I only stuck through it until the end because I was hoping for a decent deal. If you're up for a quick read.... The story I got from the broker was the boat was a voluntary repossession because the owner ran into health problems (or a close family member) and just couldn't keep up with the boat. The boat suffered some swim platform damage in a storm when a line broke free. The new buyer purchased the vessel in April 2017 and then decided he wanted a larger diesel boat. Because Texas is mostly inland lake boating, many lakes don't even supply diesel. I found it somewhat interesting that the new owner wanted to sell within a month or so? Anyway, I contacted the broker and made an offer. It was subject to a few items and the owner refused to do ANYTHING that I requested. It essentially became an 'as is' purchase. Well OK then... I obtained some pricing on repairs for the platform. Side note - no marina locally will allow owners to work on their boats out of the water. Where I grew up, if you wanted the boat hauled, they would haul it, block it, owners could repair as needed, and the boat would be relaunched. Fiberglass doesn't scare me at all, but unfortunately because no marina will support my quest to do the work myself, I'm stuck hiring it out. More on... I hire an engine surveyor and the engines and genset survey fine. Surveyor found a small miss that he thought plugs would correct. He said make sure you install the plugs before the boat is moved. Check. I explain the details to the broker and broker/owner refuse to do anything. How the hell am I supposed to sea trial and get the boat pulled for a survey if I can't move it? After some back and forth, I just tell him I'll come to the marina early on the day of the hull survey and I'll swap in a new set of plugs. They agree. I show up this morning, swap in the plugs, test the engines, no more miss, and all is well. Surveyor shows up and we begin to go over the entire boat. We make our way through the exterior and then to the engine room. Surveyor was pleasantly surprised the boat was very clean down below. Engines and genny sounded good, continued through his check, and finally started hammering away on the stringers. Starboard stringers sounded great. He starts at the rear of the port stringer and the closer he gets to the front near the bulkhead, the more hollow and dense it sounds. We narrowed a small section down to about 6"x6" that sounded questionable. We started discussion options and even comparing moisture readings with the meter from port to starboard just for kicks (even though they're usually inaccurate in a wet environment). Both sides showed medium moisture (probably because there was some moisture in the bilge anyway) and were actually very consistent from one side to the other. I began sounding the stringers myself and found another area in question just about midway or just aft of the engine. After finding a second spot, I was definitely walking from this deal. Fortunately and unfortunately I'm out some money on surveys, but it definitely saved me some long term funds. I know I could have fixed the stringer by cutting it out and fiberglassing a new one in, but this boat isn't supposed to be a project. This is supposed to be something to buy and enjoy fairly quickly. Definitely disappointed for sure. There's another 370 Sundancer we viewed a couple weeks ago that shows much better than this boat, but I'm on the fence strictly because of the size. I feel like this next boat needs to be an 8-10+ year boat. For that to happen, I felt like a '4' needed to be in front of it to satisfy my long term need. Maybe I'm being greedy, I can't decide. It's a nice boat and would definitely fit the family well. There is a 380 Sundancer that is yet a few bucks more that my wife wants to check out tomorrow for comparison, as well as a couple Carver 355/356 MY's and a Cruisers 3650 MY that she wants to see as well. I never thought I'd see myself in an MY, but some of them don't look too bad and seem to be pretty spacious. Even though these are labeled 35 or 36, there are truly a 13'+ beam boat that is over 41' in length. Bummer today!