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Old 14-02-2010, 21:11   #1
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Surveyor in Seattle ?

I'm looking for a recommended surveyor for a pre-purchase survey in the Seattle area. Can anyone recommend someone who specializes in 40-50 monohulls?

There are quite a few to choose from on the Society of Accredited Marine Surveyor website.

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Old 14-02-2010, 21:37   #2
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matt harris for sure. Best there is. Reisner, mcEwen and Harris... bellingham I believe...but he's the best there is. meticulous and not swayed by killing a sale if it comes to that. Not the type to want to prove a lot is wrong with your boat... just factual and knows a lot of boat's design/build history etc.
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I have worked as both buyer and seller with Jerry Edwards, of the same firm, and been pleased. I've also heard all good about Matt.

You're wise to ask here... I came close to a disastrous purchase a few years ago, and the broker/hustler tried desperately to hook me up with a certain surveyor. Turned out he was the guy's buddy, and not even NAMS or SAMS. The surveyor I brought in, steel-literate, told me in no uncertain terms to run away.

Since you're in the buying role, a good surveyor on a boat that size will very likely pay for himself by discovering things that should be taken care of before the sale.

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John Sanford from Reisner, McEwen , very meticulous and not in a rush, He was also realistic in what really needed repair and what was just a bargaining chip.
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I used Harris and Reisner- felt both of them were good. Yeah, lost a little $$ in surveys, but I am happy with my Valiant...
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Lynn Reister, Lodestar Marine.

Fantastic survey for the buyer of our previous boat.
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Old 15-02-2010, 09:49   #7
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John Sanford from Reisner, McEwen , very meticulous and not in a rush, He was also realistic in what really needed repair and what was just a bargaining chip.
Another vote for John Sanford. I would use him again in a heartbeat.
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Beware-- Just because someone is listed in the Society of Accredited Marine Surveyors it doesn't mean that they are any good as I found out the hard way. It just means they paid their money.
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Thanks for the replies

Thanks for the responses. I sent Matt Harris an email before finding their website at http://www.surveyormarine.com. He sent me his resume and provided a quote for a boat the size I'm looking at. I'll let you all know if we proceed with this purchase and if the buyer accepts our offer.

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If you haven't made a commitment to a surveyor yet, consider Erik Bentzen. He is a lifelong sailor, ocean racer, who also happens to have grown up in a boat yard and is an excellent surveyor. His diligence and thorough work payed huge dividends for us. He surveys boats all over the world but is based out of Seattle.

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Old 15-02-2010, 20:09   #11
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Another vote for Bentzen
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Holy Cow- how many surveyors are there in Seattle? Every boat in the marina must get looked at on a regular basis!
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Newt - NAMS shows 20 in the neighborhood...
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Holy Cow- how many surveyors are there in Seattle? Every boat in the marina must get looked at on a regular basis!
Well, there are a few boats in the area, both recreational and commmerical.


I know when my old employer purchased a 100' commercial vessel in Alaska, we flew up a surveyor from Seattle. So, at least at the commercial level, Seattle surveyors cover more than just local stuff.

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An aside about John Sanford: He used to own a steel sailboat. That's how he got to this side of the Atlantic. (He's from England.) So he knows how to survey them.
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Its interesting how no matter what bulletin board you visit Sanford and Bentzen come up. Everyone says don't listen to a broker for a recommendation for a surveyor. That is tough to follow in Seattle where these two guys names just keep coming up. I had decided before I had a boat under contract that either these two would do the survey or Allison Mazon out of Portland OR. Several brokers I talked to all spoke highly of the 3 for sailboats. So I signed the final counter offer that was in front of me and in the next breath the broker said if you need a surveryor here are a couple recommendations...... yup Bentzen and Sanford. BTW the survey saved my its cost and another 5K or so. If we buy another boat I would make the same call again.

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