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Old 11-21-2012   #1
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So Where Do I Start Trying To Find A Reputable Marine Surveyor?

This is kind of like a bad dream peppered with momentary dreamy delights.

The boat has problems but it seems they aren't deal killers. I keep telling myself that. Reality says "It may be now or never." I think. Maybe the dream of owning has owned me. You could just put me out of my misery now and we could have a nice burial at sea.

Anyway, I'm thinking of hiring a marine surveyor for this paltry purchase, in the boating world, but kinda huge in my world.

So I'm asking, does anyone here know any reputable surveyors in the Annapolis area? I mean ones you know do or did a good job?

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

Derek rhymes has done two boats for me.
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Re: So Where Do I Start Trying To Find A Reputable Marine Surveyor?

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Maybe the dream of owning has owned me.
You're not alone, we've all been there.
Good luck with whatever you decide but the reality is there's only one thing that cures that problem.
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Re: So Where Do I Start Trying To Find A Reputable Marine Surveyor?

I purchased a boat from Rock Hall, MD and I was living in Halifax NS. My wife and I had looked at the boat prior to making an offer, but a survey was our only protection against surprises, since we had only seen the boat in the water. I got lists of surveyors in the area from the NAMS and SAMS websites. Made a short list. Then I went through whatever info I could find about the surveyors online. In the end, I decided upon a woman surveyor who listed her experience as "tugs, fishing boats & yachts". I figured that any woman who made a living doing commercial and yacht surveys was probably pretty good. I knew I had made the right choice when I mentioned her name to the broker...his reply: "Oh, HER!". She did a very thorough survey, found some problems that were negotiated into the purchase price. Her name is Catherine McLaughlin from Kennedyville, MD.
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He handled our lightening strike very knowledgable

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

I second jaronson's recommendation of Derek Rhymes.

I suggest you start with the Boat/US list of approved surveyors: BoatUS: Marine Insurance - Marine Surveyors
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Re: So Where Do I Start Trying To Find A Reputable Marine Surveyor?

Julie, if you wander down this way (annapolis) Let us know here and we can a arrange a meet and greet with the SN locals.
Always good to put a face to a avatar.

I've always used Jack Horner but then I've only had one boat surveyed.

I can run by the boat and lay eyes on it if you want a local foot on the ground. Nothing better than messing with boats, and I've got a bit of time on S34's (Craigtoo's) underway and on the hook.
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Re: So Where Do I Start Trying To Find A Reputable Marine Surveyor?

Best source for marine surveyors .... contact your marine insurance carrier, if you dont have one contact Boat/US, etc.

A good preliminary 'book' on the subject that details DIY and preliminary DIY inspections is: "Inspecting the Aging Sailboat" - Don Casey
Inspecting the Aging Sailboat (The International Marine Sailboat Library): Don Casey: 0639785803447: Amazon.com: Books Inspecting the Aging Sailboat (The International Marine Sailboat Library): Don Casey: 0639785803447: Amazon.com: Books


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. Reality says "It may be now or never." I think. Maybe the dream of owning has owned me. You could just put me out of my misery now and we could have a nice burial at sea.
It's never now or never, many boats, much time
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Re: So Where Do I Start Trying To Find A Reputable Marine Surveyor?

Julie, knowledge is power! I'd suggest do your homework and learn as much as possible. It's a buyers market and you will have the choice of thousands of boats. Surveyors are hands on and will be working for you not the seller, which is why you don't use a surveyor that the owner "knows"
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