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Re: Is it crazy not to get a survey

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Originally Posted by joethecobbler View Post
snake oil salesmen. w/ no accountability.
Sometimes yes, sometimes no. Most surveyors with whom I've actually dealt have been good, but not great. I think the problem, in large part, comes down to money. It would be fantastic if one could get a thorough, detailed survey, of all the systems and equipment on a boat, done by someone who has decades of experience for a few hundred bucks. But that ain't gonna happen.

I happen to know of a guy who inspects/surveys large ships (mainly for insurance companies). His surveys often take days, just for the physical inspection, and often weeks to write up (some of the time involves sending samples out to labs to be tested, then getting the reports back, et cetera). That sort of survey can easily cost tens of thousands of dollars; obviously not a viable option for a recreational boat. However, that seems to be what most people expect.

If you want a surveyor to be accountable for any reasonably foreseeable future equipment failures, and you want everything on the boat inspected, then you're gonna have to pay for his/her time, and for his/her experience and education, and for various tests (some destructive) and their associated costs, et cetera. And, of course, the older a boat is, and the more that's wrong with it, the more all that is going to cost. Size is only loosely correlated with many of these costs.

Bottom line is that if you want THAT sort of survey, you had better budget several thousand (verses a few hundred) dollars for your survey. In other words, you get what you pay for.
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