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Cost of Survey

For information and budgeting how much is the average survey on 40 to 50 ft boat? I am trying to do as much work on budgeting as I can to make a more informed decision before the actual short listing. Any help will be much appreciated.

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In our area these days surveyors are charging $12-15/foot. So a decent survey will run $500-750 (and up) for a boats that size range, plus, of course, the cost of haulout and pressure wash (about the same again possibly)
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Depending on the boat and specifically depending on the engine, it is usually wise to hire a marine diesel mechanic as well as a surveyor and have a reputable sail loft inspect the sails if you don't feel confident in your ability to do this.
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In BC Canada, a good survey for a boat of this size will cost around 1200 + Hall out, wash if needed about 300). A mechanical survey will be around 500.
An oil analysis is 75.
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$20 a foot in the BVI. This includes attendance on the sea trial.
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Kelowna BC 10 bucks a foot and about 300 dollars for a Mechanic to check out the engine. (cheap) Vancouver 15 dollars a foot plus a base 75 bucks along with about the same for the Mech. I have been checking out prices myself lately.
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Thanks much for the information it will help me make an intelligent decision
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Find the best surveyor you can by recommendation of others who have used him. Do not take brokers recommendation - either the one you're using or any other broker. This is not something to save money on. The best surveyor will probably save you more $ when it comes to final price.
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To save yourself some grief, make sure they are recreational surveyors, if that is what you need. I unfortunately ended up with a commercial guy and god what headaches. Never looked at the rigging or sails, etc...low balled the value because "of where the boat is". In South Louisiana I wouldn't use A.B. Brown out of Morgan City again. It is more so his assistant be he signed off.
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Go to the Boat US insurance web site and get a list of the surveyor's they use for their insurance surveys.
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