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Okay basically agree with all of the above.
Now the boat is in another state. About a five day road trip by truck, one way.
How would you find a surveyor that is thousand or so miles away. Say from Louisiana to maryland?? There is a trust issue on this also...
The boat looks good, sounds good, now is it? Or is it a pig in a poke?
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I'd have to agree that you really need to get your own survey, engine survey, and depending on the age of the boat a rigging survey done.

As for a good surveyor... ask here... and someone can probably recommend one in the area of the boat. BTW, e-mail and fax makes distance much smaller an issue.
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Yes. And I would also have a diesel mechanic separately evaluate her engine and test the engine on sea trial with him aboard.
Kicking a dead horse, but we almost got burned once and I sheepishly shelled out the cash on a boat that I went through pretty thoroughly...let's just say I never would have made it as a surveyor!!!

Saved us roughly 20K and a lot of headaches...maybe a marriage!!!

Get the survey!
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Has this point been made yet? ----> Read the first survey, then find another guy to to a second one. don't use the same guy to do both surveys or you can run into conflicts of interest to say the least.

Would you do "it" with a girfriend of unknown background without a condom on? Same for buying a boat without a prospective buyer survey. You could be getting a gift that can just keep giving... or taking... depending on how you look at it.
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Would you do "it" with a girfriend of unknown background without a condom on? Same for buying a boat without a prospective buyer survey.
Either way, your head's in a guillotine.
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That's very well put!
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BTW, don't use any surveyor that is recommended to you by the boat broker or the seller. Get one that is working for you... and only for you.
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Muchas gracias, mis amigos!

Again, thanks to all who have offered their wise counsel.

TB: Perhaps you have dated women with stronger -- er, thigh -- muscles than some of us... That mental picture will be hard to erase
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Just be thankful the Hawg didn't provide a more graphic analogy! (g) Good luck with the boat!!
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Yeah, you know, when I bought my Catalina 30, for 11k, I was tempted to forgo the survey, as the boat had obviously been maintained, but the owner did not speak much english, and i used the survey as an opportunity to have the guy familiarize me with the issues.

It was a cheap 400 bucks, in retrospect.

With anything over 20k, I would not hesistate. not for an instant.

Also, the mechanic on the engine makes a lot of sense, as well. Think of the big ticket items: a new diesel would kill you.
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