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Locating a surveyor in Dallas

I found a boat on craigslist that I'm interested in, and would like to have a survey done. Unfortunately, the boat is in the Dallas area, and I'm in Kansas. That said, I'm not sure what the best approach is to finding a good surveyor - do I just look one up online and assume one is as good as another? Are there any particular qualifications I should look for? Does anyone here have any recommendations?

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Re: Locating a surveyor in Dallas

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Go to marinesurvey.org, they have a list by state of their accredited surveyors. I have talked to a couple of them - pretty good guys it seems. They will give you their cost/hr and tell you what they will and will not do. If you have specific concerns let them know and they will do their best to accommodate. Remember they will not do anything destructive and they are not certified mechanics for that boats particular brand of power plant, unless they are. Which is rare. If you want to dig into the motor that will be another survey done by a certified, hopefully, marine engine mechanic/diagnostician. I drive a big Ford 7.3 liter diesel dully and work on it myself, but that doesn't make me a qualified Perkins or Atomic or Westerbeke surveyor. Call the guys on the list, tell them what you want, and go with what feels right from your conversation, and with who will do what you want them to do. If its one of the bigger sailboats I probably am familiar with it and can give you a fellow sailors comment on it.
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Re: Locating a surveyor in Dallas

Another good place to start is check out NAMS and SAMS. They are the two major accreditation associations.
I know it's a long way away, but make sure you are there for the survey.
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