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01-15-2015 05:18 PM
wbjr The owner agreed to unscrew the panels. This worked out well. Thank you. I am now under contract.
01-12-2015 09:59 PM
Re: Boat Inspection Trip Tips

Originally Posted by eherlihy View Post
Sure enough, the keel was loose, and the bottom would move about ľ" from side to side. Not a lot, but enough to kill the deal.
How did they determine that the keel was loose.
01-08-2015 02:43 PM
Re: keel bolt inspectio

Originally Posted by wbjr View Post
Is it proper to unscrew bilge covers to inspect keel bolts? I have the boat narrowed to one. The surveyor did not unscrew the bilge covers. I would like to do so in wrapping up the transaction.
Well really you should have just grabbed a screwdriver and opened it yourself for him, though I have never seen any covers that needed to be "unscrewed" other than a quick release type screw and that the surveyor should have done that. They are not supposed to remove any permanently attached panels or cabinets, but I don't think that means "bilge covers" seems he may be taking a bit too literal interpretation of not unscrewing things. It means there is no "destructive" inspections, or where there is risk of damaging something by unscrewing it, I can't imagine if the bilge covers were screwed down that he would not ask the owner, the broker or at least you (at least you and the broker should have been present) to unscrew the covers if he was really unwilling to do it himself. I think I would be refusing to unscrew my wallet to pay for a survey where he did not check the keel bolts on a boat I was looking at.
01-08-2015 02:00 PM
keel bolt inspectio

Is it proper to unscrew bilge covers to inspect keel bolts? I have the boat narrowed to one. The surveyor did not unscrew the bilge covers. I would like to do so in wrapping up the transaction.
01-03-2015 05:04 PM
Re: Boat Inspection Trip Tips

Glad to read that you enjoy the thread. However as an FYI - SD hasn't been here for well over a year.

Also, after the sh!t that some here gave him when Maine Sail told us that SD's boat, named after his deceased wife, went up in flames last year, I seriously doubt that he'll ever be back.
01-03-2015 09:52 AM
Re: Boat Inspection Trip Tips

Sailingdog, I know this was posted some time ago, but this is a great thread and I want to thank you.
11-18-2014 03:03 PM
Re: Boat Inspection Trip Tips

On inspection of a trawler recently I found this?? Port engine was a ford lehman while starboard was a perkins.....!

Never have seen this before. So what do you think about dollar value of this boat?
09-30-2014 02:33 PM
Re: Boat Inspection Trip Tips

Originally Posted by captbillc View Post
i have mentioned this in other threads. as a retired diesel mechanic, one of the first things i do is take off the oil filler cap. if it has water dripping from it the engine has water in the crankcase

Could one put in a pcv (positive crankcase ventilation for those who dont know) valve so the moisture could be drawn in thru the engine instead of being trapped and accumulating inside the crankcase?
09-09-2014 08:44 AM
Re: Boat Inspection Trip Tips

Plan to spend an hour, looking at every boat on the first pass. Do not make an offer on the spot, unless you know that it is the perfect boat and perfect deal for you. (IMHO there is no such thing, but what do I know...)

After you have seen a couple of comparable boats, re-visit the one that you really like, and spend another hour, or two.
09-09-2014 08:07 AM
Re: Boat Inspection Trip Tips

Absolutely awesome thread. Particularly since I'm about to launch a 10-day keel kicking tour of southwest Florida. Here's my question. Since I have a dozen or so yachts to visit and given the exhaustive nature of the list, how long should it take to look at a prospective boat? And how many should I be able to effectively see in a day (given that they are all within a few miles of one another)?

Thanks for the input.

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