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Re: Rdy to buy HOW to Inspect?
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.