Originally Posted by Jgbrown
I second the recommendation for Van de groot. Seen him at work, very thorough.
Had a very bad survey here... so get a boat friend to help look her over too.
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Jan De Groote was the surveyor who told a client that 5/16th rigging wire and 5/8th turnbuckles were not strong enough for a 29 footer. He refused to put that survey in writing, but charged the full bill for it. He also told a friend that cleats made out of 1 1/4 inch stainless shaft, welded well into the hull, were not "Yacht quality" cleats. It seems he would prefer something screwed down, made out of melted down beer cans, from a ship swindlery, than something which put structural strength over stylishness. It appears that he values trendy," yachtie flimsiness" over structural strength.
If you are seeking a survey which judges a boat by it's snobby yachtieness, and its value as a status symbol, rather than how well it is put together, then Degroote is the guy to hire. If you prefer seaworthiness over stylishenes, then I wouldnt recommend Jan De groote.
Tony Skidmore is an excellent Vancouver surveyor. For a seaworthines evaluation , over "yachtieness" ,find someone who surveys commercial boats.