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I'd recommend you read the Boat Inspection Trip Tips thread I started, as it will help you determine whether other boats you look at are even worth going forward on, saving you the price of a survey for boats that aren't worth looking at further.

If you haven't read my thread on boat inspection trip tips, I'd highly recommend you do so...
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...and I still don't feel much better about blowing $1000 to survey a boat that I'm not gonna buy because it turned out to be rotting away...
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I've never bought a boat so I have no firsthand knowledge, but isn't $1,000.00 for a survey kind of expensive? I always thought they were a couple hundred?? I guess it depends on the size of the boat...
The going rate these days seems to be between $15-25/foot of length... so a 40-ish footer could go to $1K pretty quickly.

Highly respected surveyors can charge a premium, lesser surveyors will offer a lower rate, but in many cases, as usual, you may well get what you pay for.

And, spending $1000 well against $100K poorly is not a bad situation.
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I'd recommend you read the Boat Inspection Trip Tips thread I started, as it will help you determine whether other boats you look at are even worth going forward on, saving you the price of a survey for boats that aren't worth looking at further.

If you haven't read my thread on boat inspection trip tips, I'd highly recommend you do so...
I did, thanks. The problems were not something that were easily found. Delamination below the waterline. Rot in the hull crossmembers.
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Which boat was it , btw? The raced C&C?
No, the Hunter actually. I shoulda known better, but oh well. Live and learn. The C&C is still on the list, but, well, let's just say I have serious trust issues with the brokerage that has the boat.
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Please keep this info flowing. I am in boat-buying mode.
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Oh, and the $1000 included the surveyor and the haul out/powerwash. And yes, I am fully aware as others have pointed out, that its better to spend some now to keep from spending a lot later. It still hurts to spend that money though. Just because I bitch a little doesn't mean I'm an idiot.
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Good luck on the next one my friend. At least you know a good surveyor now!
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Please keep this info flowing. I am in boat-buying mode.
No matter how friendly someone is, remember they're trying to sell you something. Trust your gut.
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Be thankful you found out now, prior to purchasing the boat, vs only to find out several thousands of additional dollars later that you needed to drop into the boat, which where not contemplated, just to get it to the condition you thought you were originally purchasing. Having gone through the same exercise in the past, I understand your frustration - also the money and grief you just saved yourself, as I've also not followed my gut on one previous purchase and had to sink a lot of additional funds into a boat when desire overpowered rational thought.
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that kinda starts sounding like it has a lot of parallels in my first marriage...
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