A friend and I took off on Thursday to head for St. James city. Thank you Garmin for showing us the way. After the 9 hour trip I was glad I'd not tried to buy a boat in Michigan! We fell into a motel and got up 6 hours later to go to the boat. It was berthed in the owners backyard and they were very gracious hosts. My first view of the boat,
A quick lookaround and I knew she was in better shape than any other boat I'd looked at. About that time the surveyor showed up and dove into the boat after preliminary introductions.
Later the broker for the boat asked me how I'd found the surveyor. I just went to SAMS
and after interviewing over the phone three who were in the vicinity of the boat, decided on one who seemed to have the right answers to my questions. his brochure motto seemed appropriate:
WE LOOK BEYOND THE OBVIOUS
Very thorough job and likeable kind of guy. Once when the survey was nearing its end, the broker asked him if he'd found anything and he looked at him and said, "I can't tell you that. I work for the buyer!"
He spent about 4 hours going over the boat in the water at the owners house, periodically asking the owner and myself questions and pointing out various things to me. It only got up to 103 that day, but the owner was kind enough to turn on all the fans in the boat and put a big house fan in the companionway to help keep it cool. Still, I didn't envy the surveyor his job, but them realized that I'm sure there'd be days like that for me after I bought the boat. Finally, we took the boat on sea trials sailed to the yard for the haulout. During the sea trials the surveyor continued tapping the deck (for balsa rot), inspecting the fittings, looking at the sails, and checking the electrical system. One of the neat things about the boat, I thought, is the steering and autopilot. It's a wormgear steering, and the Raymarine autopilot connects up directly to it, protecting the autopilot from the elements, and it's always connected! Only one I'd ever seen.
Hopefully no one will post that it's a piece of junk because it looked sturdy as heck, and steered the boat better than I can (which isn't saying much).
The surveyor had recommended the yard, pointing out that the other yard was a railway and would take much longer to get the boat out. funny that they were within a mile of the owners house and side by side to each other! And very convenient to the "Ragged Ass Saloon" where we'd had breakfast, and where our haulout provided entertainment for the lunch crowd!
So, the preliminary report is that there is nothing wrong with the boat. The surveyor found several small things that would need to be repaired in the future, found a very few small blisters which would need to be ground out at next haulout. He felt I got a good deal on the boat.Yippee!!!!!
Closing is on the 28th.