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Old 04-07-2005
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Can a broker who says that a survey is unnecessary be trusted? I would quickly drop anyone that made such a suggestion. You probably need a survey in order to get insurance anyway. Like brokers, some surveyors are better than others. Ask around. Take the names you get from the broker, the two or three local marina shop guys (not the sales staff!!) and a bunch of owners. See which names keep turning up, and call them. Pick the one who seems most knowledgable, and that you''ll feel comfortable working with. Follow him around during the survey and ask lots of questions. There will always be something for him to find, somewhere. It is amazing what you can learn from a good surveyor. Of course, before getting to the surveyor you need to do your own homework, as Dennis suggests. Happy sails!
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