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Re: Is a marine survey really worth it for an inexpensive boat?
It's worth talking to a surveyor or two and finding out what they are willing to do for you. Most are really good guys, some semi-retired and not making that much money anyway. The real work is writing up the report so if all you want is a verbal opinion they may cut you some slack. Can't hurt to ask.
I agree, it costs nothing to ask. I am not semi-retired and do need to make a living however, I have spent time looking over boats in this situation for little or no charge depending on A. If I liked them as people B. if I was in the neighborhood.
I have also on occasion completed survey reports free of charge for young people who impressed me with their passion for the endeavour and whom I knew were squeezing every penny to get on the water.
It might be a little much for a boat of this type but take a look at Marine Survey 101
that will give you an idea of what to look for.
The hysterical laughter you hear as you drive a way in your"new" boat ..... is the seller.