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post #4 of Old 05-29-2002
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Can you trust a survey??

Be VERY, VERY careful who you choose as a surveyor. I bought a boat in the spring of 2000 from a dealer in the Chesapeake. Picked a local surveyor with all the correct credentials including NAMS and SAMS. He did the survey and found a few minor things and I completed the deal. To make a long story short, I am still paying for his almost unbelievable incompetence; so far have replaced the water pump, the water heater, the engine, all the lexan, the bilge pump, electrical wiring, steering cable, rudder stuffing box, fiberglass repair to the rudder, and, most importantly and most extensively sturtural fiberglass. Do you own survey first and make sure the guy you hire to do the survey finds all the things you noted and more. You have little legal recourse against these guys as they usually make you sign something that severely limits their liability.
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