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Zanshin 07-21-2011 11:58 AM

New boat surveyor in Annapolis
I've decided that it would be a good idea to find a surveyor to do an acceptance survey of my fresh-from-the-factory boat before I accept her. Has anyone done this and are there any recommendations for a surveyor in the Annapolis area.
I'm hoping that such a survey is going to be less effort and thus cost less than a full survey of the type one would do when purchasing a used boat.

wingNwing 07-21-2011 12:05 PM

We worked with this gentleman 2 years ago on our (old) boat for insurance purposes and found him quite reasonable. I'm thinking a survey for insurance would be closer to your purpose than a survey for purchase?

Frederick E. Hecklinger, Inc. Marine Surveyor, 17 Hull Ave., Annapolis, MD 21403. 410-268-3018 Fax: 410-280-5258

Zanshin 07-21-2011 01:04 PM

I'm not sure what the survey classification would be. There are a number of items installed post-production locally that should be checked and that the factory didn't miss doing major items - I won't be able to be present so am thinking of having a professional do this for me. Thanks!

chef2sail 07-21-2011 08:36 PM

David Manning - Annapolis, MD (410) 263-5852

Hes thorough...climbs like a monkey and can get into all the tight spaces


hellosailor 07-21-2011 08:39 PM

Don't know one, but you might ask Dick Vosbury at Vosbury Marine in Annapolis. They're *very* reputable folks and they've been there a long time.

sailpower 07-22-2011 12:11 AM

+1 on Dave Manning. IMHO, you probably want a full survey just like a used boat.

I know dealers who send a surveyor to the factory before they accept a boat. It is always money well spent.

If the boat is already at the dealer then same thing. All findings will be warranty items and you will never be in a stronger position than before you hand over the final payment

Zanshin 07-23-2011 01:24 PM

Would someone have David Manning's e-mail address handy and could PM it to me?
Many thanks!

sailpower 07-23-2011 02:57 PM

Manning Marine Survey - David Manning - Annapolis, MD (410) 263-5852

Zanshin 07-23-2011 03:07 PM

Umm... I'm overseas so e-mail is much better than a phone.

sailpower 07-23-2011 07:04 PM


Originally Posted by Zanshin (Post 753595)
Umm... I'm overseas so e-mail is much better than a phone.

Don't have his email. Your dealer might have it or can get it for you. An Annapolis sailboat dealer is going to know Dave.

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