A new cusromer brought in a 17' mahogany CC runabout yesterday to a local yard that I help out in occasionally. He has never owned a boat before and decided he wanted a classic wood boat. He found this boat on the net, and determined that he should hire a surveyor after talking to several people about it. The surveyor was recommended by the seller as a wooden boat expert, judge for all the local classic boat shows, etc. I read the survey yesterday and it stated that the boat is in excellent condition, blah blah blah for four pages. The new owner bought the boat based on this survey. I looked the boat over yesterday when I first saw it. Within five minutes and with nothing other than my eyes and one finger to tap and push with I discovered one broken plank, three planks with substantial rot along seams, seven rotten butts, and numerous places with loose/bad fasteners. I believe this surveyor is either incomepetent or unehtical (maybe a friend of the seller trying to help unload this boat). I'm tempted to write to whatever society this surveyor belongs to and complain. I have no interest in this boat other than that I feel this buyer was taken for a ride. Here is someone who wants a wooden boat and hired a professional to make sure he made an informed decision and he has had a very bad experiance. This will possibly turn him off from wooden boats forever. Does he have any recourse against this surveyor? Would I be out of line writing to the association about this incident?