Originally Posted by Figur8t
Hello, I'm relatively new to the Vancouver area and a relatively novice sailor and consequently I don't have a cadre of contacts to call upon to help me out. I'm looking for a reliable, meticulous and knowledgeable surveyor to help me evaluate my potential sailboat purchase. I'm looking at boats between 22-29' and have been focusing on Catalina's and C&C's to this point.
I'd be very grateful for anyone's assistance.
Back in the (distant) 90's we were buying a Niagara 26 in the Sidney BC area and had no idea how to source a local surveyor that would give an unbiased opinion. I had to arrange the details by phone from Portland....
After pondering the situation, and considering how much $$$ I was going to spend, I figured out that there were large banks in the Victoria area that probably made boat loans.
If the loan officer accepted lousy collateral the bank would lose money and the the loan officer would be fired if this happened very often. So, I called up several large banks and asked to speak to their boat lending person. I remember calling about three. I just asked what short list of local surveyors they would trust before they would hand over the bank's money. All were polite and agreed with my premise.
I soon had a short list and picked a guy whose name appeared more than once. He was very thorough. good thing since this was our first "large" boat. We sailed it home, paid duty on it, and enjoyed it for a decade.
I recall still that all the lenders chuckled at bit at my logic, and then said they liked that approach!
I should add that this was not done because I had any cause to doubt the seller or broker, but with over 18K of our money at risk I really wanted to be cautious. (Besides, if I were to get somehow cheated, my wife might have killed me...)
Happy shopping and dock walking! It took us months to find our dream boat. Shopping was fun, but it was sure nice to end with a great sailing yacht from a high quality builder.