The seller may or may not have a recent survey as the onus is on the buyer to obtain one. As the current owner of the boat for which I paid $300+ to have a survey done when I was the then buyer, there's no way I'm just going to hand it over to some yahoo too cheap to get an updated survey. If you can't afford the survey, you can't afford the boat and the subsequent cost of upkeep
It's not about affording a survey, it's about the value of a survey done by an individual who is just another chump who attended a 6 week survey school/class and PAID for the certification. Are surveys guarranteed to find any and all deficiencies-no
do the come with ANY guarrantees ? =doubtful
Unlike an actual license say a pilots license or even a captains license where actual demonstration and testing and minimum time requirements are required anyone can attend a surveyor class that has a credit card no previous boating experience is required just a willingness to pay the entry dues.
My position is that if your to simple or dumb to figure out if the boat floats or the head works , your probably not going to be able to handle much of anything else of any consequence. like grounding,weather,sailing etc. and will probably need a host of other rip-off services that have sprung up around recreational boating to aid the very ones who DO in fact raise the element of DANGER to those that are capable.
Those teenagers sailing around the world had sponsors, support, state of the art equipment and had been sailing all of their lives.
Ms. Dekker , by her own admission had been sailing since she was 6 , 14-6= 8 8 years of sailing and she circumnavigated. so she was NOT sailing "her whole life" only the last 8
and stated the most trepidatious part of the circ. was noy yhe ocean,storms,etc. but rather the harrassment of her gov't proir to departure.
. the OP was not contemplating a circumnavigation and had considered a pacific passage but decided against it in favor of a carib. cruise.
hardly going off w/out consideration.
As per lack of the almighty experience often touted, try reading the bumfuzzle blog- no experience and completed a 4 year circ. against the "advice" of many internet sailors, and there still at it w/ children aboard to boot!! luck? yea apparently four consecutive years worth and counting. all the while the internet captains cringing in fear at the dock.
No one is saying not to follow your dreams. What most are trying to say is don't put yourselves or others in danger for no reason. You can still have a great adventure while being a responsible boater.
and instilling unnesecary fear and attempting to make sailing much more than it is,sailing. a carib. cruise could be accomplished on a sunfish ! as a matter of fact didn't a guy kayak through the carib?
reading the repeated posts in response to people curious about sailing and cruising and being told how dangerous it is and how vital USCG classes are and such is becoming laughable.
ALL those types of classes I have been to are geared toward mental midgets with too much disposable income and too little common sense.
almost as rediculous as when the coast guard asked me if I was SURE I was aground in Shallotte inlet , while I careened over at about 30% in 2' of water. waiting for the tide to come back in to float off. and you would suggest that I take sailing safety classes from them? for what ?
too cheap for a survey? hardly , too smart to hand over my hard earned to some "Yahoo" w/ a crackerjack paid in full "certification" in surveying= most definetaly.