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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...
Last edited by jameswilson29; 12-09-2012 at 08:45 AM.