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03-26-2010 10:07 AM
bakerha51 MH - I just did a 36 footer on Lake Erie at $17ish a foot so I think you are in the ball park! Survey quality would also be a concern. I got good references from the yard and boat owners in the area.
03-26-2010 09:51 AM
manhattan08 Thank you for all of your comments. I have found a reputable surveyor who would charge $18 an hour. I think this is the best I am going to do.

Thanks for all of your help.
03-26-2010 07:13 AM
amarinesurveyor
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Originally Posted by bljones View Post
Well, hell, if i was a surveyor i'd go whole hog and charge by the cubic foot. After all, these are displacement hulls we're talking about, not surfboards.
I wish I could charge by the cubic foot, but I think it would meet with resistance. The same for charging by the hour.
$20 per foot of length is about what I would charge, but I wouldn't normally charge for the 40 minute drive. I do start to charge for travel when the drive is an hour or longer.
Brian
03-25-2010 08:51 PM
bljones Well, hell, if i was a surveyor i'd go whole hog and charge by the cubic foot. After all, these are displacement hulls we're talking about, not surfboards.
03-25-2010 08:33 PM
krozet
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Originally Posted by bljones View Post
per square foot? that's new.
Its the Imperial Metric Scale, Get use to it.
03-25-2010 05:28 PM
bljones
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Originally Posted by padean View Post
2 years ago I paid what amounts to $12.50/sq' to have my boat surveyed (buyers survey) out of Michigan, but it really depends on the area and demand. Also, I noted that the survey on another boat 6 months earlier (late winter) was a bit higher - don't know whether that was the time of year, or just variation. It is worth it to get a good survey. Good luck with the new boat purchase.
per square foot? that's new.
03-25-2010 04:40 PM
TQA Just paid $20 a foot in the BVI/USVI.
03-25-2010 04:28 PM
padean 2 years ago I paid what amounts to $12.50/sq' to have my boat surveyed (buyers survey) out of Michigan, but it really depends on the area and demand. Also, I noted that the survey on another boat 6 months earlier (late winter) was a bit higher - don't know whether that was the time of year, or just variation. It is worth it to get a good survey. Good luck with the new boat purchase.
03-25-2010 04:19 PM
hellosailor manhattan, if you're getting multiple quotes in the same price range that's probably what that area gets this time of year. More important than price, is which surveyor has the best reputation? If someone misses one little thing...it can cost you more than the whole survey.
03-25-2010 03:00 PM
sailingdog Might be worth asking at a couple of boatyards in New Bern for recommendations.
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