I've never used a broker, although a good friend of mine works as one. I've also bought boats both with and without a survey
. Looking back on my purchase
of a Cal-46 cruiser - my first serious boat - I sure wish I had commissioned a survey
. I still would have bought the boat, but I would have had some facts to use as leverage during negotiations, plus a professionally made project
A friend of mine in Maryland
just boat his first boat, through a broker, but because he had a survey done he saved a ton, not to mention the owner agreeing to fix some things before handing it over.