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post #9 of Old 01-19-2011
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Yacht 'hand back' Survey - Sunsail owners group

It seems a case of if your don’t ask you don’t get.

One should expect a certain amount of refit work given the amount of use these boats get and often with charter skippers with little experience. A qualified surveyor who can carry out a comprehensive inspection on behalf of the owner will highlight issues that are perhaps not so obvious to you when accepting the yacht back. His thorough detailed report with recommendations is money well spent and is easily recovered by having the charter management company take care of the recommended repairs rather than you having to pay for them further down the line!

Depending on where the charter base is you may have the extra costs of flying in a Surveyor…. Might be worth asking other members of the owners group who are coming up to the end of their contract to club together and share the travel expenses.

Phil Duffy (Interface Marine Surveyors) is a well known surveyor on the French Riviera and actually worked with the Moorings fleet as crew, he will travel anywhere throughout the med or world wide. His website has a best price promise in these economically challenged times… worth giving him a call +33 4 89 80 22 99 very approachable and happy to give advice on the phone
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