We couldn’t wait for the written report so I called the surveyor. Except for a few relatively minor points the surveyor said that she was in good condition and there was no reason not to go ahead with the purchase. Hooray! It’s all becoming a reality now.
Steve called the brokers with an offer. There was an agonising wait for them to call back. The owner wouldn’t accept the offer,but he would accept a thousand more as he had just paid for a new licence and an engine service. The deal was done, we accepted subject to a satisfactory survey.