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How to select a surveyor?
Word of mouth is likely as good information as you''ll get about any surveyor. They operate in a pretty tight circle of marine repair/marine insurance/marine purchasing people, so surveyors with good reputations will get mentioned often if you ask around, and surveyors in less good standing will get mentioned less. It being a tight circle, there may be some people with axes of differing sizes to grind, so take it all with a grain of salt, check several sources, and perhaps some references as well. We used Sound Survey, of E. Hartford in the purchase of our J/36 and were quite pleased with how thorough Mr. Smith was. Another surveyor, Hewitt Schlereth, has written a very good book on buying used boats. He had moved to Maryland last I heard, however. The best thing to do, whoever you get, is to be present at the survey and ask as many questions as you dare. (If you ask too many questions and the survey takes twice as long, he might charge you for the extra time.) It is amazing how much you can learn from a good surveyor. Even if the boat has few or no "issues", finding out why he thinks this is so would be a good education.