Originally Posted by tartansail
Gene Barnes surveyed my past two boats. He knows what he's about and provided a very helpful assessment. In both cases, right on the money
. I might also mention that he also owns a gorgeous Hinckley that demonstrates his good taste.
He surveyed my boat too, and while I like him and think he did a good job overall, he also said the chainplates looked okay -- they turned out to be original, glasses-in (so impossible to inspect), and completely rotten.
Two of them broke in half when she slipped in the sling, and they were rusted from the inside out.
So, don't trust anything he says about the rig. He should have recommended replacing them and all the wire, which I ended up doing, but if he had, I might not have bought the boat -- he was recommended by the broker.
I'll do my own surveys from now on.