Before hiring a surveyor, I'd recommend you read the Boat Inspection Trip Tips
thread I started, and go over the boat yourself if you haven't done this already. This should give you a baseline idea of what condition the boat is really in and whether the boat is worth getting a survey on.
I'd point out that there are quite a few mistakes in the listing, and if the broker can't get the basic details right...what else is he missing
. For instance, the boat is a Southern Cross 31, but was BUILT by CE Ryder of Rhode Island. The winches are probably BARIENT winches.
Was the boat repowered?
If not, I'd be worried about the engine hours. 147 hours over 30 years is less than FIVE HOURS A YEAR
... Extremely low engine hours can be really bad for an engine, especially if the engine was maintained on a hour-basis schedule. For instance, the oil in an engine should be changed every 100 hours or so or every YEAR, whichever comes first. If they were maintaining this engine on an hour-basis schedule and it is original to the boat, the oil may be 15 years old.
Southern Crosses are nice solid bluewater capable boats, and the SC31 has been used for several solo circumnavigations. However, they do have a cored hull, one made using Airex foam as the core material, and as such can have problems if through-hulls were installed without the proper precautions.
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