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Re: Marine Surveyors

The person that did my survey was:

North Wind Marine Survey
Rock Hall, Maryland
James Reihl, AMMS
(410)778-4742
(443)480-2892

He climbed into the engine compartment, which I could never have dreamed of doing, checked every square inch of the boat, tested the entire hull for moisture, showed me things I never thought about with the rigging, and even tested the electronics. He was very courteous, efficient, and thorough. The very first section of his contract, which we both signed says:

GUIDELINES: The survey guidelines used for the inspection conform with the standards and practices set by the USCG Code Of Federal Regulations #33 & #46, NFPA and ABYC. Guidelines for determining the fair market value of the subject vessel are the NADA Guide, BUC Value Guide, local market conditions and a nationwide search of the internet and Marine Publications for comparable vessels.

The survey, which took about 4 hours, cost me $495 for my Morgan 33 Out Island and was well worth every penny I paid him. Additionally, in the contract, if a bank or insurance company were to reject the survey, he would issue a full refund upon receipt of a letter from the bank or insurance company. Jim, IMO, is a very professional surveyor and I highly recommend him.

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LOL, I think he went into home inspections!
Jim: In 1984 I bought a stone barn. It took me and my boys 10 years to turn it into a house. When we sold it the buyers brought in a building inspector who found absolutely nothing wrong and he made $1k on a report of boilerplate in a 3" binder. That deal fell through due to financing.

A few weeks later another buyer sent a different inspector who also charged $1k and in 4hrs. found every single corner I had cut and believe me some stuff was buried very deep.

Moral : If you hire someone you must accept some responsibility for finding the right person .... they are out there.
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Hello and Happy New Year Maine Sail,

First of all, I am a huge fan of your tips and videos on compass marine.
Your expertise has helped me maintain my recently sold Ranger 29 in near bristol condition (well, good condition actually!)

I am in the market for a replacement and am interested in a nice looking Sabre 28 of 1982 vintage located in Newburyport, MA.

Since I am on Long Island and the boat is 250 miles north, I feel a survey is a prudent step to learn the most I can

about this particular vessel.

/cut to the chase...

Can you recommend a professional to assist me in this endeavor in this general area of New England?

If you are not comfortable with it, I will understand.

Thanks and looking forward to your response.


Best Regards,
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Hello and Happy New Year Maine Sail,

First of all, I am a huge fan of your tips and videos on compass marine.
Your expertise has helped me maintain my recently sold Ranger 29 in near bristol condition (well, good condition actually!)

I am in the market for a replacement and am interested in a nice looking Sabre 28 of 1982 vintage located in Newburyport, MA.

Since I am on Long Island and the boat is 250 miles north, I feel a survey is a prudent step to learn the most I can

about this particular vessel.

/cut to the chase...

Can you recommend a professional to assist me in this endeavor in this general area of New England?

If you are not comfortable with it, I will understand.

Thanks and looking forward to your response.


Best Regards,
Tripl
I too am a fan of Mainesail. May I suggest a few tips on how to inspect the vessel yourself before hiring a surveyor. Marine Survey 101
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Very helpful, thank you sir!
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I just had this conversation this past weekend. I know with home inspectors you are better off hiring a roofer, an electrician and an HVAC guy and skip the home inspector all together. If a home inspector finds an issue where there is none, the expert on that system can refute the home inspector finding and that's it. I am thinking of purchasing a small day sailer, a 2000 23' Precision, and wonder if a survey is in my best interest. Thoughts?
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