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"I am looking for a good surveyor .."
I'm on the East coast, so I can't give you a name, but I'll offer an opinion on identifying the best surveyors. On the last occasion I need one, I solicited recommendations at two area premium builder/brokers and asked who they thought were the "best". Interestingly they both gave me the same two names.
I spoke with the recommended surveyors. Both were booking three to four weeks out. They only booked in full days. They both had upcoming assignments taking them to Europe to survey NEW 100'+ boats.
Because I was impatient to get the deal done, I didn't want to wait, so I used someone recommended by a friend. He was available the next week.
Subsequent repairs missed by his survey cost me $10-15,000. I should have waited the extra weeks.
So look for a surveyor who is really busy, does expensive boats and costs a lot...Just my opinion.