Average cost of a survey - SailNet Community

   Search Sailnet:

 forums  store  


Quick Menu
Forums           
Articles          
Galleries        
Boat Reviews  
Classifieds     
Search SailNet 
Boat Search (new)

Shop the
SailNet Store
Anchor Locker
Boatbuilding & Repair
Charts
Clothing
Electrical
Electronics
Engine
Hatches and Portlights
Interior And Galley
Maintenance
Marine Electronics
Navigation
Other Items
Plumbing and Pumps
Rigging
Safety
Sailing Hardware
Trailer & Watersports
Clearance Items

Advertise Here






Go Back   SailNet Community > On Board > Boat Review and Purchase Forum
 Not a Member? 


Like Tree2Likes
Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools
  #1  
Old 12-16-2013
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2012
Posts: 8
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Rep Power: 0
hp1xbg is on a distinguished road
Average cost of a survey

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.
Reply With Quote Share with Facebook
  #2  
Old 12-16-2013
ASA and PSIA Instructor
 
Join Date: Apr 2000
Posts: 3,412
Thanks: 6
Thanked 14 Times in 14 Posts
Rep Power: 15
sailingfool will become famous soon enough
Re: Average cost of a survey

$15-20/foot. As a general guideline, all else being equal, hire the more expensive surveyor.
__________________
Certified...in several regards...
Reply With Quote Share with Facebook
  #3  
Old 12-16-2013
Alex W's Avatar
always busy with sailing
 
Join Date: Oct 2012
Location: Seattle, WA
Posts: 2,041
Thanks: 2
Thanked 115 Times in 110 Posts
Rep Power: 2
Alex W is on a distinguished road
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.
__________________
boats that I sail on regularly: Pearson 28-2, Rondar 505, Yankee 30, Blanchard Junior
Seattle, WA
Reply With Quote Share with Facebook
  #4  
Old 12-16-2013
Sabreman's Avatar
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2006
Location: Yeocomico River, VA
Posts: 1,554
Thanks: 2
Thanked 13 Times in 10 Posts
Rep Power: 9
Sabreman will become famous soon enough Sabreman will become famous soon enough
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.
__________________
Sabre 38 "Victoria"
Reply With Quote Share with Facebook
  #5  
Old 12-17-2013
BarryL's Avatar
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2003
Location: Long Island, NY
Posts: 1,577
Thanks: 3
Thanked 23 Times in 22 Posts
Rep Power: 11
BarryL is on a distinguished road
Re: Average cost of a survey

Quote:
Originally Posted by Alex W View Post
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 $.

Barry
WayneCatt likes this.
__________________
Barry Lenoble
Deep Blue C, 2002 C&C 110
Mt. Sinai, NY

To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.
Reply With Quote Share with Facebook
  #6  
Old 12-17-2013
kd3pc's Avatar
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2006
Location: Callao, VA
Posts: 1,311
Thanks: 0
Thanked 8 Times in 8 Posts
Rep Power: 8
kd3pc is on a distinguished road
Re: Average cost of a survey

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.

best of luck
Reply With Quote Share with Facebook
  #7  
Old 12-17-2013
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2008
Location: Durham N.H.
Posts: 335
Thanks: 1
Thanked 3 Times in 3 Posts
Rep Power: 6
mikel1 is on a distinguished road
Re: Average cost of a survey

10$/hr. surveyor!? Next!
Reply With Quote Share with Facebook
  #8  
Old 12-17-2013
4arch's Avatar
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2009
Location: Baltimore
Posts: 450
Thanks: 0
Thanked 7 Times in 5 Posts
Rep Power: 6
4arch is on a distinguished road
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.
__________________
s/v Spindrift
Beneteau Oceanis 400
formerly Lippincott 30
Reply With Quote Share with Facebook
  #9  
Old 12-17-2013
Dog Ship's Avatar
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2011
Location: Dolphin Beach, B.C.
Posts: 536
Thanks: 1
Thanked 15 Times in 15 Posts
Rep Power: 3
Dog Ship is on a distinguished road
Re: Average cost of a survey

Based on a survey I had done yesterday it costs about $10 a minute.
boatpoker likes this.
__________________
We have three rules;
No screaming.
No bleeding on the sails.
No slobbering on the charts.
Reply With Quote Share with Facebook
  #10  
Old 12-17-2013
Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2013
Location: Oklahoma
Posts: 92
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Rep Power: 2
twelch is on a distinguished road
Re: Average cost of a survey

Just had one done in Texas, 22 dollars a foot on a bristol 27.
Reply With Quote Share with Facebook
Reply


Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools

 
Posting Rules
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may post attachments
You may edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Average price for sailboat survey hrmacdonald2000 Boat Review and Purchase Forum 7 10-07-2013 10:28 PM
Average cost to Maintain your Boat, Please.. Superpickle Gear & Maintenance 32 12-24-2009 11:17 AM
Average Cost of Ownership gene80 General Discussion (sailing related) 0 09-02-2009 08:30 PM
Survey Cost - take 2 brak Boat Review and Purchase Forum 14 06-13-2007 01:03 AM
Survey Cost Rogue Boat Review and Purchase Forum 4 06-11-2007 11:04 PM


All times are GMT -4. The time now is 12:22 PM.

Add to My Yahoo!         
Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.7
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
SEO by vBSEO 3.6.1
(c) Marine.com LLC 2000-2012