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Old 22-01-2009, 13:27   #1
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Surveyor / Broker around Chesapeake Bay

Dear Sailors, I am thinking of buying a boat near Deltaville, VA on the Chesapeake Bay. The selling broker is from Annapolis. Could you recommend a good surveyor and broker in the area? I am a first-time buyer and could use all the help you can offer. Thank you! -Lomo
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I would also be interested in this info as I need it for my insurance. I'm also in Chesapeake, in Rock Hall, MD.
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One I used in the Virginia Northern Neck was Ken Julian He lives in Lancaster, VA so that would be close. Ken is a sailors sailor. When I knew him he had 4 boats. He is part of SAMS association of marine surveyors. Send me a PM and I can send you his phone or you can look him up on the SAMS web site. He did a nice report and showed and discussed a lot of things with me when he was doing the survey.

I wouldn't really want to hire one all the way from Annapolis. They have a lot of them there but it's a 2 hour drive. That is time they won't be surveying the boat but you pay for it and this all has to happen in one day. We have a few down here near Gloucester Point but I can't say I know one I would recommend. I also used one in Rock Hall, MD but that is just too far away to be practical.
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Captain Jaz,

I would call some on the phone and chat with them a bit. First you need to find one you like that is available and second not all qualified surveyors do all types of boats. If you have to pay for them (you do) you might as well find one you like. You'll need to spend the day together. It describes how I found both of mine. The first time I bought a boat was when I found Ken and I had talked to about 4 that didn't sound so great before I talked to him. The second time I called my guy in Rock Hall and he was the only surveyor not going to the national convention. His name is Jim Reihl (sounds like "rail").
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Cheers, what price should I expect roughly in the US for a 27' FG hull (survey for insurance purpose only)?
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I used Bob Noyce for a survey next door in Irvington four years ago. He came highly recommended and did a great job. I believe there was a small charge for travel but seemed reasonable. He arrived early in the day (8AM) and it was very complete - in and out of the water with a good long sail.

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I would stay close to the Deltaville

Annapolis is a long way to come and go and you will be paying their travel time and lodging.

Ask around the yards...give the LOCAL guys a crack at it.

And don't be afraid to ask to see a sample of his surveys.
Some are detailed....some are nothing more than inventories of what's in the boat......some surveyors will use a line like "Head present but not tested....Engine is an XYZ but not run......Electrical panel is Mark I Mod42...but nothing was turned on or verified"

I have seen a LOT of poor excuses for surveys so caveat emptor
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Very good point, as I plan to use the survey to help my resale eventually.
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some surveyors will use a line like "Head present but not tested....Engine is an XYZ but not run......Electrical panel is Mark I Mod42...but nothing was turned on or verified"
As a buyer I've seen many survey reports like this, and it certainly didn't inspire confidence!
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