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post #6 of Old 07-19-2002
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extent of boat survey

I will echo the comments above. You need to specify that it is a pre-purchase survey and that you want the guy to find absolutely everthing wrong that he can so you can use it as ammo in your negotiations. I don''t think people take the choice of surveyor seriously enough; I have spent upwards of $30k fixing problems my surveyor missed upon his inspection of the boat. Needless to say I am quite bitter. I would NEVER have bought the boat knowing it needed: a new engine, a new stuffing box on both the rudder shaft and the drive shaft, major fiberglass work, etc. etc. I would strongly suggest that you accompany whomever you choose while he does the survey.

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