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Old 11-30-2001
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concerning surveyors

Surveyors being human (I''m not a surveyor) can often times not find nor report all the findings that are pertinent. I suggest that before hiring a surveyor that you ***yourself*** deeply reseach your intended boat through owners-groups, literature (reviews), etc. to compile a listing of known or developing ''problems'' specific to your intended purchase. Give that ''pre-qualified'' list to the surveyor for ''extra-special'' scrutiny during the actual survey - make it part of the contract. You and your surveryor will both benefit from that partnership. By all means once you establish a ''suspicion'' list, do an informal precursory / "pre-survey" by yourself. You also might further contract the surveyor to do an especially "extremely detailed" survey (costs more) and includes an evaluation of all the machinery, rigging (top as well as bottom) etc., instead of the usual "insurance" survey. Ya usually get whats ya pays for. ;-)
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