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I have to say anyone who thinks getting a boat surveyed will tell them all its problems (especially motor ones ) is the ultimate optimist. If you persrvere with getting the boat running well by yourself you will A/ know your boat as well as you need 2to and B/ have a really reliable boat , something that is more luck than good judgerment if you buy another one (even a new one!) I have expeienced the feeling of losing faith in my boat but it comes back really quickly after a great days cruising. (not including the one that sank at the start of our xmas holiday!)
While I’m sure most won’t agree, I’ll have to say I do..

I just purchased a boat that way.

We cannot count on some stranger (professional or not) to “ID” all possible problems/issues with an older boat. We have to make that determination on our own, and negotiate a price that is suitable for buying an older boat. And much could be the same for buying a newer boat, cause’ we truly do not know how the motor has been taken care of and if it has been run aground, or other.
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A good survey at least gives you a baseline for what you need to fix or look at on a boat. It won't catch everything, but it is certainly better than nothing at all.

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A good survey at least gives you a baseline for what you need to fix or look at on a boat. It won't catch everything, but it is certainly better than nothing at all.
Very well said. When we bought our boat, last year, we used a surveyor from my days as a broker. Paul is good, but I wasn't too surprised to subsequently find a few things that he had missed. Nothing serious; and it is the nature of the beast.

I don't know what things are like on the east coast, but in BC, don't even waste your time asking a surveyor to look at rigging. For liability reasons, most of them won't go there.

A lot of our major expenses have been related to rigging, but I have been lucky enough to work with a rigger who I have known for awhile and fully trust.

I would advise the OP not to be too discouraged. At the same time, I would also advise him that during his first year of ownership, he can plan on spending the equivalent of his purchase price on repairs and improvements. This held true for us. The surprise for me was when I compared notes with our sailing buddies; and found that it also held true for everyone of them.

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I concur but how could you accept and pay for a complete survey without testing the engine? Just get her fixed and get sailing...after all it is a SAIL boat, not a motor boat.
Once again, I admit that practices on the East Coast may be different from here in BC. That said, in BC, hull surveys are separate from mechanical inspections. In BC, the hull surveyor who criticizes an engine is simply inviting a lawsuit from a ticked off vendor unless he/she is a qualified mechanic.

Your best bet is to find a mechanic that you trust and have them do a full mechanical inspection at going rates.

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