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Old 10-20-2008
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A couple of points...

I didn't mention asking about the service receipts or getting an official survey done, since those are the steps after you decide you want the boat. This tip is pretty much written to deal with everything up to the point where you decide to push ahead and make an offer or not.

Yes, IMHO, you really need to get a survey. However, if you've done this part right, you should have at least a pretty good idea of what to expect on the survey.
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