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05-03-2013 12:41 PM
Shinook
Re: Is a marine survey really worth it for an inexpensive boat?

Yes, without a doubt.

We had 3 surveys done on 3 different boats, we passed on two of them because of the survey results. It was not only educational for me, it saved us a lot of money and from buying two boats that looked ok on the surface, but should have been sent to the scrap heap.

All 3 were in your price range (roughly)
05-03-2013 11:54 AM
asdf38
Re: Is a marine survey really worth it for an inexpensive boat?

It's a tough call and from a purely financial point of view it may not make sense.

That said, consider that after buying it, without a survey you'll own a boat that you may not know very well. When the weather pipes up you'll find yourself wondering how good the rigging actually is and what about the chain plates etc?

I found myself in exactly this situation, bouncing around in 12' seas with the nearest port closed for the conditions and the next one 6 hours away with far too little experience on a boat that I realized I didn't know at all. Following the season I bought a survey just to alleviate these questions and feel better having done it.

So the survey is for more than jus financial risk, it also gives you extra peice of mind.
05-02-2013 11:55 AM
sailingfool
Re: Is a marine survey really worth it for an inexpensive boat?

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Originally Posted by Mor22 View Post
I am not suggesting to anyone that a survey be required for a cheap boat, but be careful. We bought our old very cheap boat subject to haulout showing little or no blisters. All was good until she started drying out on the hard. Then so many blisters popped out we got help and found the hull was waterlogged. By then we had already put $1500 into new rigging so were not going to trash it. We ground off all the gelcoat, dried her out, fibreglassed, faired, epoxied etc. Add on new blocks and running rigging, wiring, sails,paint and lights,centreboard cable, bilge pump etc and the cheap buy wasn't in anyway cheap any more. Learned a heck of a lot though, and we rescued a vintage boat that would have been in the junkyard very soon.
Good reflection...my advice is that the survey gives you a ballpark idea of just how expensive your "inexpensive" boat will become...
05-02-2013 09:30 AM
ChesapeakeMC
Re: Is a marine survey really worth it for an inexpensive boat?

When we bought our first boat, a couple of years ago, we were looking for a cheap boat so we could get into sailing and see if we liked it. We bought a 1970's (about $5k) boat without a survey, but since the previous owner had insured it with BoatUS, we were able to just transfer his insurance to us, and didn't have to get a survey. Things have worked out for us on this boat, and in the 2 years we've owned it no major problems have cropped up. We're now in the process of buying our next boat, and are getting a survey this time, but the cheap boat definitely served its purpose of getting us into sailing and helping us figure out what was important for us on the next boat.
04-18-2013 12:31 AM
NJBoatDad
Re: Is a marine survey really worth it for an inexpensive boat?

Too many variables in play with boats. Even if you know a lot about all things marine, a second set of eyes cant hurt. If you dont want the full survey just see if you can pay for hourly consulting.
03-19-2013 09:02 PM
Mor22
Re: Is a marine survey really worth it for an inexpensive boat?

I am not suggesting to anyone that a survey be required for a cheap boat, but be careful. We bought our old very cheap boat subject to haulout showing little or no blisters. All was good until she started drying out on the hard. Then so many blisters popped out we got help and found the hull was waterlogged. By then we had already put $1500 into new rigging so were not going to trash it. We ground off all the gelcoat, dried her out, fibreglassed, faired, epoxied etc. Add on new blocks and running rigging, wiring, sails,paint and lights,centreboard cable, bilge pump etc and the cheap buy wasn't in anyway cheap any more. Learned a heck of a lot though, and we rescued a vintage boat that would have been in the junkyard very soon.
03-19-2013 05:23 PM
deltaten
Re: Is a marine survey really worth it for an inexpensive boat?

While I didn't really need a(n official) survey to buy my boat, now I find BoatUS will require one for insurance purposes. I truly understand the need for one by the Company... just that I didn't *need* ta pay for one.
At near to 10% of the price paid, it's a bit of a bitter pill to swallow. At only 3% of the insured/established value...not so bad.

There's only a few items I need to sort before survey. Since it's still on the hard, it should be easier/faster/cheaper ?!?!

The biggest question I have is; will a springy foredeck down-check a survey for insurance?
12-13-2012 09:53 AM
Alex W
Re: Is a marine survey really worth it for an inexpensive boat?

I sent him a PM with my email address. Hopefully that works.
12-12-2012 09:47 PM
Faster
Re: Is a marine survey really worth it for an inexpensive boat?

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Originally Posted by matthewwhill View Post
Thanks everyone. Very very helpful. Alex W I will PM you once my sailnet account is 7 days old and they allow me to.
Matthew.. I think you'll need 15 posts before you can PM..
12-12-2012 09:42 PM
matthewwhill
Re: Is a marine survey really worth it for an inexpensive boat?

Thanks everyone. Very very helpful. Alex W I will PM you once my sailnet account is 7 days old and they allow me to.
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