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I was wondering if anyone could give me a name of a good surveyor in the Providence RI area. I'm goint up that way to look at a boat early next week and may have the need of a surveyor.

The boat has a recent survey which I hope to look at. I do not want to use the same surveyor though. My experience with inspecting ships is that everyone has areas where they are great and other areas where they miss something. So I would hope to get a new set of eyes on the boat if I want to move past tire-kicking (or rig shaking).....

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I would contact a few of the boat yards and marinas in the area, not the one that has the boat you're interested in, and ask them for surveyor recommendations.
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Call Tony Knowles, he only books full days, but his reputation is outstanding.

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7 Baldwin Road
Middletown, Rhode Island
401-849-1560-O, 401-849-1074-Fax
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Just as one works with a realestate agent when one is a purchaser of a house, one can enlist the services of a broker when one is the purchaser of a boat and he is "your broker". This is a very common practice. While the selling broker has to share the fee he gets the other half when he acts as the buying broker. In realestate this is generally covered by statute. Boat brokering is less regulated. People usually get a realestate agent to help with the purchase of a home. It only makes sense when making a major purchase of boat that you employ someone who's on your side.
In this particular case I agree with SailingFool it may be a bit awkward, however he may not have the legal right to tell your broker to get lost. But others should take advantage of this "free" service. When you buy a boat employ a broker, your broker and as I said before it's a very common practice.
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thanks for the input. I've worked with some brokers in my area and I find they are interested in selling you what they have listed but otherwise are not too keen on earning their commission. About the best I got was a listing off of yachtworld on some boats - which I'm capable of doing myself.
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Try getting on the BoatUS web site. They have lists of brokers that they recommend for their insurance surveys.

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Anybody have a recommedation for a surveyor in Annapolis? I've found an old 70's vintage pearson, any may take the big plunge.
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