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check engine in survey

Hi everybody.
Iím in the process of buying a boat and Iím contracting a surveyor to make study on a 2001 Benneteau 44í, with a Volvo 75 hp with 500 hrs. Is it necessary to make an engine compression test and an oil analysis?
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Necessary? No. Good idea? Maybe.

In the past 5 years I have bought and sold 3 boats. I have never had an engine survey, and the people who bought the boats from me didn't have engine surveys either. And these were older boats (1981 Catalina 22, 1986 Newport 28, 1986 O'day 35).

So you don't HAVE to get an engine survey. You CAN if it makes you feel better or if you have suspicions or worries about the engine.

The surveyors who I hired did not test compression, but did check engine temperature (with pyrometer) at each cylinder, checked the engine mounts, the exhaust color, and that sort of stuff.

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Barry, thanks for your comments, I thought the same, but I needed a confirmation.
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there is NO WAY I WOULD BUY ANY boat without an oil sample.
about a month ago, i surveyed a "perfect" 38 ft scarab with 300 hrs on it.

2-502 mercs over 400hp each.
Engines sounded fine.
Oil samples revealed severe problems in both. One engine was replaced the other is being rebuilt.
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