Join Date: Oct 2006
Location: Callao, VA
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I have always had a survey, selected the surveyor myself, not the brokers. There are good ones, better ones and sorry ones. Ask around.
They are not miracle workers. For example, I recently bought a new to me boat, had it surveyed, and then the next week when the water was dead flat, the sun light perfect, I could see a flaw in the hull midways between the water line and toerail about the size of a large platter. In "regular" conditions you would never see it. Obvious some repair had been made, but neither of us saw it.
Same boat, it was pouring rain when we sea trialed and surveyed. Tough to get moisture readings on a boat that has been sitting in the rain for three days. But we made do.
Every boat I have had, 6th one now, one new the rest were used the surveyor has saved me at least what the survey cost in either knowledge or directly with a cost reduction in buying the boat.
Do they miss things, sure. Do they make mistakes, we all do. Was I POed that the repair was missed on my boat, yes for a few days. But a good one will give you the information with no agenda, no emotion...as Dragnet used to say...Just the Facts
I look at them kind of like a Dr., you pay them for an opinion of a boat at a point in time. You then get to choose to agree with them, or ignore them and do what you want.
That being said the decision to buy (or not) is yours alone, you have just used a second set of eyes, ears, knowledge and experience to help you along.
As to your notes, my guy is very detail oriented. I think I had 2 A items (must be repaired or insurance won't bind) a couple dozen B items and a page of "observations"....such as this is a 1991 boat, when it was made you did not need a propane solenoid...you do now, buy one install it and get a CO monitor as well...those kinds of things.
all the best