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Re: So Where Do I Start Trying To Find A Reputable Marine Surveyor?

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I had originally contacted Rymes but he was laid up. But he was very helpful with providing information. I'd go to him again.

We're hanging on to our money for now. That chainplate issue on the $12K Sabre 34 would have been a MAJOR repair. A rep from Sabre said the only way to do it right was to tear out the entire knee wall and replace it, no cutting out the rotted wood and patching in pieces. Plus the deck had signs of a wet core and the engine would probably have to be replaced. That was a SERIOUS project boat!
A good call Julie. Good you caught those things. I did a bulkhead rip-out/replace when I first got the boat. The material costs are not large but if you had to pay for the labor, it would be astronomical. It's a very time-consuming job. Core rot and engine---sounds like a boat eventually headed to the dumpster.
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Re: So Where Do I Start Trying To Find A Reputable Marine Surveyor?

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Core rot and engine---sounds like a boat eventually headed to the dumpster.
That's what I've been thinking.

I hope the guy who contracted it knows what he's getting into.
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Re: So Where Do I Start Trying To Find A Reputable Marine Surveyor?

Probably not, and that is one of the problems in the boat buying process, particularly if you are in one of the lower price ranges, as I was. There are a number of first-time buyers who are buying based on appearance, instead of substance, and a superficially appealing boat will sell for in excess of what it should, because first-time buyers usually do not carefully research and inspect a boat's critical areas.

I made an offer on a P30 with a wet cockpit sole and the tell-tale crooked head compartment door indicating some bulkhead shift and/or overtightening of the backstay tension. Because my offer reflected the cost of the repair work I knew needed to be done (which I would have done myself), the seller was insulted; he probably knew he could sell it to someone who would not know any better.

The good news is, several months later and after looking at a number of other boats, I found a P28 in better condition, with a diesel instead of an A-4, a bimini, and a wheel for about the same price. I am now glad the seller of the P30 did not accept my offer after all.

If you give yourself enough time, you will find the right boat...

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