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Old 19-03-2010, 13:23   #1
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Surveyor in the Bahamas

Can anyone recommend a sailboat surveyor in the Bahamas? I live in Fort Lauderdale and am considering a 34 footer that is currently located in Nassau.
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Greetings and welcome aboard the CF, Chrisbare.

I don’t know of any surveyors, I’d recommend*, in the Bahamas, so would recommend someone local to yourself.

SAMS ~ The Society of Accredited Marine Surveyors (S.A.M.S.)
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NAMS ~ The National Association of Marine Surveyors (N.A.M.S.)
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* I would NOT recommend larry Phillips (of Phillips Sailmakers on Shirley St, Nassau.
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there is a SAMS AMS surveyor who lives in Staniel Cay in the winters. A very good surveyor, but don't know if he would go up to Nassau. Tony Edwards.

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If you don't have any luck finding a surveyor in Nassau, you may wish to consider using Ed Rowe, of Ed Rowe & Associates, in Ft. Lauderdale. He did an insurance survey on my Hunter 30 a couple years ago and I was impressed with the quality of his work. Round-trip airfare between FLL and NAS is pretty affordable.

By the way, what kind of boat are you looking at?
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I'm looking at an 1981 O'Day 34. I saw one here in Fort Lauderdale that I liked, but it sold before I made an offer. The one in the Bahamas looks like it's in better shape overall.
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I wouldn't bother Tony Edwards if you're looking at an O'Day. He doesn't think very highly of them and I doubt he would accept an assignment to survey one.
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Bruce Sarandrea - he's frequently in the Bahamas on his own boat,
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GordMay,

Curious to know why you would not suggest Larry Phillips as a surveyor. I have heard of his name around the island and from what i understand it is almost impossible to get a surveyor flown in legally, ie the work permit issue. What other options are there short of taking a vessel to the states?


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Gord,

If my brother-in-law (wink, wink) came over to Nassau to take a look at a boat I was interested in, then went back to FL and jotted down his observations, I doubt if any Bahamian official would give a care. Also, if his work product (survey) was generated outside the Bahamas, it may have been perfectly legal for him to have come over.

Chris,

Has to owner of the boat paid the import duty already? This can save you some $ on cruising permits, especially if you decide to keep it in the Bahamas for a while.
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If Nassau has heard good things about Mr. Phillips, he can say so.

It would be extraordinary good luck, if Mr. Brown funded a trip to Nassau, and subsequently found the recipient of his beneficence had prepared a professional-quality survey for him.
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If my brother-in-law (wink, wink) came over to Nassau to take a look at a boat I was interested in, then went back to FL and jotted down his observations, I doubt if any Bahamian official would give a care. Also, if his work product (survey) was generated outside the Bahamas, it may have been perfectly legal for him to have come over.

Chris,
Sounds like what happened to me and my boat last year.
He came along for the sea trial and did hid thinking off island.
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Re: Surveyor in the Bahamas

Does anyone have an update as to surveyors in the Bahamas. We're looking at a FP Belize 43 in Cat Island.

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Re: Surveyor in the Bahamas

Have you tried Bruce Sarandrea aye@aceweb.com ?
Atlantic Yacht Enterprise,SAMS Surveyor
He owns a boat and used to take it to the Bahamas every year.

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Have you tried Bruce Sarandrea aye@aceweb.com ?
Atlantic Yacht Enterprise,SAMS Surveyor
He owns a boat and used to take it to the Bahamas every year.

Good Luck!
I haven't tried anyone yet. I'll email him.

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Does anyone have an update as to surveyors in the Bahamas. We're looking at a FP Belize 43 in Cat Island.

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Jonathan Sands out of Fort Lauderdale is a cat expert, and recreational pilot. He flies over to the Bahamas to survey yachts.
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