"I knew this was going to be serious before I climbed aboard," says Maddock. Walking across the boatyard his experienced eye noticed that the hull didn't look symmetrical: The spacing between the chines and strakes was different port and starboard. It turned out he was right -- the boat was 2" wider, keel-to-chine, on one side. Maddock's survey soon revealed other defects as well, such as structural bulkheads that didn't reach the hullsides. A lake-bound runabout wouldn't last with such feeble support, never mind a sportfish intended to run the open ocean. In the end, Maddock's report ran 40 pages with a dizzying list of defects. When Dan saw it, he was crushed, and all he could manage to say was, "If only I had known."