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Re: Rdy to buy HOW to Inspect?

One of the things they recommend is tapping the hull with a plastic hammer in order to listen for sounds of delamination. Good enough advice, as far as it goes. Only problem is, a lot of owners will get rather upset if they see you whacking away at their boat with a hammer. (I know, you're not really "whacking away," but that's what it looks like to the owner!)

Interestingly enough, I have discovered that no one seems to object when you tap, tap, tap with one of these...
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I know my surveyor should absolutely be either National Association of Marine Surveyors (NAMS) or Society of Accredited Marine Surveyors (SAMS) and they should be the accredited or certified members, not the SA or Apprentice members. What I wanted was to hear about individual surveyors people have hired and their experience.
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On a boat you are buying for 2-3,000 it doesn't make sence to pay for a surveyor. I have a list of the really good ones I have dealt with, but they all charge a minimum of $1,500-$2,000. It just isn't possible to get a good survey for much less than this. You can get an insurance survey, but those are worth very little to a new buyer, or to determin the amount of work necessary to fix a boat up.

For instance a good survey should at a minimum go up the rig, check every fitting on the boat, check the spreaders and rigging, confirm every electrical system as working, and on and on. I figure anything less than an 8 hour survey just isnt quality work. Even on a small boat there is just too much stuff that needs checking to do it quickly.

So how do you justify spending 1/2 or more of the purchase price of the boat on the survey? You really cant, and so the owner needs to be able to check this stuff him/her self. This is part of the reason I discourage new boaters from buying large complicated boats... At least with a 2k investment if it all goes belly up, you can take it to a scrap yard and likely get close to that for the metal bits.

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