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I wouldn't go with the brokers surveyor.
Whether you go with an insurance survey or a comprehensive really depends on what you want out of the survey and the value of the boat. If you want to be reasonably confident you can get insurance and the boat will float, an insurance survey should be fine.
If you really want to beat your friend down on price or the boat has high value or you really don't know much about boats, you might want a comprehensive survey.
Keep in mind, comprehensive surveys are nearly twice the price and an insurance survey is all the insurance company wants.
I find picking surveyors can be difficult. If it was me I would want one with an internet presence of some description, I always wonder what all the stealth surveyors are trying to hide.
Personally, I prefer a surveyor that will give an honest unbiased assesment of the vessels condition based on fact. I don't like the idea of those buyers broker/surveyor hibrid surveyors. I just want the facts, you know what they say about opinions.
One simple question I would ask of a surveyor is what kind of boat they own. Then gauge their response, their answer may or may not reveal quite a bit about them.
Last edited by Arcb; 11-14-2016 at 06:07 PM.