Originally Posted by benajah
You can get some really good deals this way if you know how to survey a boat yourself. There are often people trying to get rid of boats they just got ahold of somehow and want to flip them for a few hundred bucks profit.
Knowing how to survey a boat does not qualify one as a "Marine Surveyor". All insurance companies I know of want to see a NAMS or SAMS survey report before issuing coverage. Most all marinas require insurance. No survey report, no insurance...
I just recently had a customer call me for an "insurance survey" and he was then told by his insurance company that I could not do it for him.
Despite having worked on boats for a loooong time, understanding all aspects of them better than many surveyors I know, and being an ABYC certified marine electrical & systems specialist it still did not matter to the underwriter.
They demanded a report by only a NAMS or SAMS surveyor.... So the issue of an accreditation of NAMS or SAMS matters more to most insurance companies than the actual ability to conduct a thorough survey.