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4 Weeks Ago 06:47 PM
boatpoker
Re: keel bolt inspectio

Quote:
Originally Posted by miatapaul View Post
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.
Many "bilge covers" are teak/holly plywood and often with multiple coats of varnish over the dozens of screws. Removing those screws will often damage the veneer and the surveyor will often be blamed and expected to pay for new panels. I specify to all clients that all panels/covers/hatches that need to be removed for inspection should be removed before I arrive. I will not remove such fasteners as the seller will often be ticked off with me because I found stuff he did not want found and will be looking for a little pay back.
4 Weeks Ago 05:44 PM
eherlihy
Re: Boat Inspection Trip Tips

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Originally Posted by davidpm View Post
How did they determine that the keel was loose.
He pushed it from the starboard side toward port while the boat was in the slings. The keel moved, while the boat didn't.
4 Weeks Ago 05:20 PM
Southbound Irish
Re: Boat Inspection Trip Tips

following
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
davidpm
Re: Boat Inspection Trip Tips

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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
miatapaul
Re: keel bolt inspectio

Quote:
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
wbjr
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
eherlihy
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
Slayer
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
DanBat
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?
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