Originally Posted by grampianvoyager
What would be wrong with getting a survey, fixing the problems and then redoing the survey?
Ahhh... nice to see this thread resurface a year later. This is a good thing since there has been a lot of water under the bridge (keel?) and I just had another survey on my boat a couple weeks ago, which is to say a year later than the survey that started this thread.
My issues isn't that stuff needed fixing. My issue was imprecise language and it's implications. Period. Surveys can end up in criminal and civil courts of law with very serious consequences. His language
basically said that I couldn't leave the dock though when asked he told me that wasn't his intention to say anything of the sort.
Why not just fix it? Well, with his language I had to fix it before I could leave the dock. Taking off the bowsprit is a major undertaking and he agreed it could wait a year, but his language didn't allow me to wait a year. So, I was looking at owning a boat for an entire summer where I couldn't use her.
He DID change the wording to be more precise when I asked. He said his intent wasn't to keep me at the dock, but he thought the issues should be fixed before going out 100 miles offshore and finding a storm. At my request he made his language more clear to his own intended meaning
, so no fraud there by my asking him to be more clear.
He was not willing to cite any ABYC regs regarding the soft wood. This was more of a semantic point and an issue of professionalism to me, so I let it go. If it's soft, it's soft and needs to be fixed even if there isn't an ABYC spec. Instead of citing code, he told me "about this time I was out on ol' Jimmy's boat and his bow sprit snapped off like a twig. 'Ol Jimmy he sure was a fella'..."
Now the soft wood he found was something I could never find, and in my more recent survey it wasn't there either.... but that's for another post. I have to run.