Originally Posted by Rodz47
I had at least one name but it comes from a seller's broker. He seems to me very honest but I read so many opinions on this forum against using such recommendation that I would be uneasy with him.
Besides brokers, the other people who come in contact with surveyors a fair bit are probably boatyard service managers -- you might check with a few boatyards (especially ones not involved in the deal) as to who they might recommend (especially to survey their own boat!).
How do you know whether you can trust these recommendations? Walk the docks and ask sailors about the reputations of the various yards. Or contact local sailing clubs and yacht clubs to see if they can tell you which yard most of their members use, or put you in touch with some of their members.
If the name you have from the broker gets a couiple of other independent recommendations, then he (or she) is probably OK.