I think if you are planning on using the boat in the water
, you might want to see it float, load the engine
, and do a sea trial. This is the last chance before the spending begins.
I recently was chasing what I thought was a 36 footer for 10 to 15K under market. I did the presurvey myself and checked out the hull
. I also knew of a few problem areas typical to this boat and check them. They had the problems, but not as bad as many others of the same type. Dek and hull
were sound. I thought I had a deal. The surveyor showed me several other areas known for problems and when I added it all up, the boat was fairly priced, but no bargain. The boat was on the hard
and could not be splashed to do a sea trial. Engine
showed signs of rust and possible leaks
. Seller would only go for a 3K escrow and only for the engine. We also could not fully inspect the rod rigging
since it was high up on the rack. Bottom line - not a bad boat and not a bad price
- I walked. My 10 to 15K under market was not there. I did not want another project
right now. I would be taking a risk with no potential gain.
It is expensive to hire a good surveyor. It is the best continuing ed seminar I can think of. I wish I could do it once a week. I always learn alot.