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Having never done one before, I am wondering what the average cost of a survey for a 30 foot boat would be? I wanted to have a general idea before I started calling around.
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$15-20/foot. As a general guideline, all else being equal, hire the more expensive surveyor.

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Re: Average cost of a survey

I am in Seattle: $8-$12/foot plus the cost of the quick haul (around $300 for haul/powerwash/environment fee). So about $600 on a 30' boat.

On most boats it more than pays for itself in smaller issues that are found. A surveyor's written sheet is often worth more than you finding and mentioning items to the seller.

I bought one boat without a survey or quick haul, but don't think I would do it again. There is a lot to be learned from seeing the bottom.

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Average cost of a survey

Price will vary for a pre-purchase survey (more expensive) vs an insurance survey (cheaper). A pre-purchase survey, short haul, and sea trial should take 6-8 hours.

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Re: Average cost of a survey

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On most boats it more than pays for itself in smaller issues that are found. A surveyor's written sheet is often worth more than you finding and mentioning items to the seller.
I would be careful with this statement. I don't really agree that a survey will likely affect the price. I have purchased three boats after surveying, and the price didn't change at all after the survey. Maybe it's because I drove a hard bargain on the original purchase price and told the broker that I promised to not nickel and dime them after the survey. I look at the survey has a way to make a go / no go decision on the purchase and to learn a whole lot about the boat in a short period of time.

On my second boat the survey showed that some lines were not run that I expected to be run. So I told the broker he needed to get the reefing lines and lazy jacks run (I was new to bigger boats and didn't know how to do that). The survey also showed a few 'issues' with the engine, but I didn't bother the broker with them b/c they weren't severe.

On my current boat the survey showed a few light bulbs out and some equipment missing that I thought was present but not operational (DC inverter). Again, I just accepted that and went through with the deal. IMHO, the boat was priced as if a lot of gear was defective but I have already repaired a few things for very little $.

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chesapeake....$10/hr and up plus the cost of a short haul....5-8 hours for a thorough, engine would be extra cost item, as well as a true rigging survey.

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10$/hr. surveyor!? Next!
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Re: Average cost of a survey

$20 to $24 per foot plus buyer paying short haul cost is the going rate in the Annapolis - upper/central Chesapeake area.

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Based on a survey I had done yesterday it costs about $10 a minute.
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Re: Average cost of a survey

Just had one done in Texas, 22 dollars a foot on a bristol 27.
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