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Hmmm.. broker and ethics in the same sentence without a negative... sounds like a contradiction to me.
Actually, if the well-known and accredited surveyor is very competent and well respected in the region...a broker who won't work with him should raise some warning flags. As the buyer, you should have the choice of surveyor, and if the boat broker is unwilling to use the surveyor of your choice... I would do two things...
First, find out what reasons the broker has for refusing to work with the surveyor. He may have valid, if irrelevant reasons for doing so... maybe the guy was his sister's ex-husband and beat her like a mule every weekend... Before jumping to conclusions, it might be better to find out what is really going on.
If the reasons are professional... you will really want to find out what is going on and see what others say about the surveyor. Maybe the surveyor is the problem.... some brokers won't work with incompetent surveyors... sounds unusual, but still a possibility. The last possibility is that the broker is trying to hide something and knows the guy is too good and will catch whatever he is trying to hide.
Second, talk to the owner of the boat and tell them what is going on. It is probably a conflict of interest for the broker to not work with a prospective buyer's surveyor, especially if the surveyor is well known and respected. Of course, if the surveyor is generally regarded as incompetent... that's a totally different story.
If your due diligence says the surveyor is on the up-and-up, and the broker can't give you a good reason for the refusal... I would bail on the deal... and tell the owner exactly why you are bailing on the deal. It seems to me that a broker who interferes with the possible sale of a boat they are representing is not working in the best interests of the boat owner.
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