Join Date: Aug 2003
Location: Long Island, NY
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The first boat I bought, a 1981 Catalina 22, I did not have surveyed.
The boat was on a trailer so I could examine everything, was very
simple (outboard motor, porta potty, no galley, etc.) was clean and
well cared for, and the owners were very nice and seemed honest.
The boat was exactly as they presented it and I don't regret not
getting a survey.
I did get a survey for my next boat, a 1986 Newport 28. That boat
was way more complicated (inboard diesel, through hulls, complete
MSD, pressure hot and cold water, wheel steering, etc.). The
surveyor did a great job, but didn't help at all regarding a price
break (the boat was as presented so the agreed on price stayed,
and I didn't mind at all).
IMHO, if you have some mechanical aptitude and a good eye, a
survey is not needed on a small simple boat. For a bigger boat
with complicated systems, it is a good idea.