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Old 15-04-2014, 23:12   #46
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How much does a surveyor cost? Or does it depend on the size of boat?
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Old 16-04-2014, 00:28   #47
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How much does a surveyor cost? Or does it depend on the size of boat?
They charge by the foot usually. I just paid about $500 for in/out of the water inspection and sea trial on a 27 footer. Be sure you're on the boat with the surveyor, you'll learn a lot about the boat and get a feel of how important or unimportant things are that somehow doesn't come across on the written report.

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Old 16-04-2014, 11:15   #48
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They charge by the foot usually. I just paid about $500 for in/out of the water inspection and sea trial on a 27 footer. Be sure you're on the boat with the surveyor, you'll learn a lot about the boat and get a feel of how important or unimportant things are that somehow doesn't come across on the written report.

Good luck finding your first boat,

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Thanks for that goat. Cheaper than I thought. I figured probably $1000 minimum.
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Great to meet you both..... and it wont matter which room you allocate to mom on the new boat.... she will choose her own........


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Old 17-04-2014, 08:36   #50
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Pretty certain that they go by the size. I'm looking at a couple grand, plus additional for the engine survey.
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If you schedule the engine survey, first, it might save you the cost of a hull survey. It is possible to do the engine survey concurrent with the sea trial.
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If you schedule the engine survey, first, it might save you the cost of a hull survey. It is possible to do the engine survey concurrent with the sea trial.
That's a really great idea. I wish I could do that. Problem for me is that I am so far from the boat that I have to knock it all out in one trip.
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GG-congrats on the prospective purchase! I knew you would make the finish line!

Are the kid excited?

Good luck on the survey and sea trial.
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GG-congrats on the prospective purchase! I knew you would make the finish line!

Are the kid excited?

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Thanks Jay, very kind!
Yes, the kids are excited, in their coy teenage way We have been hotel hopping since the house sale in February, so we will all be glad to have our own bed again. Although, I'll miss housekeeping
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Your first survey can be very confusing. A lot is going on. Here are some of the things:

-- #1 - Should you just walk away? A good surveyor will tell you this even if he won't be as direct in his written report. He's also likely to know very quickly. Most surveyors are glad to stop the survey and charge you less in this situation (since they don't have to write the report).

-- #2 - Negotiate the price down a "normal" amount (5%-15%) for a survey. The surveyor should find you enough things to get this discount. They seller is expecting it - or should be. Personally, I worry if there's more wrong with the boat than this. Did the owner really not know? What else hasn't been found?

-- #3 - If you buy the boat, your insurance company will ask for the survey. You will have to fix the serious things on the list to get the boat insured. A good surveyor will not make this list longer than absolutely necessary - but may tell you some additional things that really deserve attention.

-- #4 - A lot of the written report is useless boiler plate language to protect the surveyor from being sued. Be there in person.

-- #5 - Don't sweat the small stuff. A 60ft boat takes a long time to survey. You are likely to run out of time. Don't have the surveyor spend time checking whether every light switch works until after all the important/expensive stuff has been checked.

-- #6 - You don't have to give a copy of the survey to the broker or owner. You paid for it.
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-- #1 - Should you just walk away? A good surveyor will tell you this even if he won't be as direct in his written report. He's also likely to know very quickly. Most surveyors are glad to stop the survey and charge you less in this situation (since they don't have to write the report).

-- #6 - You don't have to give a copy of the survey to the broker or owner. You paid for it.
Carl, regarding #1 and #6 in your earlier post. If the written contract is dependent on a successful survey, the buyer could lose any earnest deposits by backing out without said survey.
In addition, if the buyer was trying to negotiate a lower price based on discrepancies found during a survey would they not be obligated to share the results of the survey.
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