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Getting a Pre Purchase Survey

I'm looking at getting a pre purchase survey for boat located on the east coast. I live In Hawaii and wont be able to be there for the survey. Can someone share the process of how to organize this?

There seems to be a haul out facility very close to where the boat is located. The boat is in Urbanna Virginia if anyone knows a good surveyor in the area.

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Re: Getting a Pre Purchase Survey

First, you need to be absolutely sure there is no relationship between the surveyor you choose and the broker or owner. Even then, if they are in proximity to each other, the surveyor may consciously or subconsciously realize they are more likely to get repeat business from the seller/broker than you.

It's always best to fly in your own surveyor or make the effort to be there yourself. While not quite as far as Hawaii, I've flown to the Caribbean, from New England, to attend a survey. And I rejected the boat and got my deposit back. Never regretted it.


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Look in the Deltaville area for surveyors. Deltaville has a large marine trades community, marinas, and boat brokers.


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Re: Getting a Pre Purchase Survey

3 years ago when I bought my current boat, I had a survey done by Don McCann of Tranquil Waters (link below):

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I was present for the survey, and I found him to be meticulous and very knowledgeable. With the benefit of 3 years hindsight with the boat, I'd definitely look to have him do any future surveys I needed. He's based about 15 miles from Urbanna
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3 years ago when I bought my current boat, I had a survey done by Don McCann of Tranquil Waters (link below):

Tranquil Waters Marine Services


I was present for the survey, and I found him to be meticulous and very knowledgeable. With the benefit of 3 years hindsight with the boat, I'd definitely look to have him do any future surveys I needed. He's based about 15 miles from Urbanna
I've never used Don, but he has surveyed 2 boats I was selling and felt he did a good job for his clients. I would recommend him as well. He's highly regarded in our neck of the woods.

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Re: Getting a Pre Purchase Survey

If it was me, I'd get a buyer's broker to represent my interests. When I purchased this boat I used one who charged me nothing (OK, I paid for his lunch and transported him to and from the airport, but he flew to NY on his own nickel) and did a great job.
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