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IIRC, BoatUS also has a surveyor referral list. If you're a BoatUS member, it would be worth giving them a call.

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Bill,
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We used ken Hitchins at Snead Island Marine surveyors
the number is 941-729-8116
He does a great job, very thurow, will check all your rigging top to bottom.
very personable and I encourage you no matter who you use to stay with them while they are doing the survey you can learn a lot.
Ken is very patient and will take you through the process step by step He spent most of one full day with us When we bought our boat.
Take CP up on his offer too.

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Thanks, All, for the feedback. It is much appreciated.
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Thanks Matt. I'll check out my e-mail. I thought it was quiet here tonight!
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I'm looking at a 1981 Catalina 27. I will need to travel a thousand miles to check it out. I am planning to have the boat hauled for survey.
I have two concerns:
1. Is there a risk of collusion using a surveyor who works in the neighborhood of the marina where the boat is docked?
2. Is it necessary to take down the mast to inspect the standing rigging?
The boat appears in the photos to have been well maintained. It has a recently installed diesel engine still on warranty.
Any feedback will be very welcome.
Thank you,
Bill
Hi Bill,

Since you asked for feedback, here is some:

Why are you traveling so far to look at a Catalina 27? There were lots and lots of those made. Can't you find one closer?

Let's assume the best, and the boat is perfect. How are you going to get it home? Have you considered the cost of such an opertion?

Let's come back to reality for a little while. Before you start contacting surveyors, you really need to look at the boat yourself. I can't tell you how many times I saw a boat that looked great in an ad, spoke to the broker and heard how nice the boat was, how well cared it was, blah blah blah, only to arrive at the yard and find the boat was a total wreck. If you are really serious (seems like you are) take a look at the boat by yourself, a real hard look, then decide if you want to consider.

Good luck,
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We have a list of volunteers that will do a 'drive by' for you to check out the boat and give initial impressions.

Insurance companies aften insist on a surveyor from their list of approved surveyors.
Boat US is like that. Check their site for their list of approved surveyors.
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