The main reason that you need a survey
is to put a check on that rush of blood to the head
that can come when buying
. It feels really good to pull out the checkbook and plonk down a deposit. The survey
is to make sure that 'buyer's remorse" does not set in after.
The second reason is that insurance
companies love surveys. Probably from bitter experience. An insurance
survey is not going to be that much cheaper than a full survey.
Rust is easy to check with a screwdriver. If it red/ brown and rubs or flakes off then it's rust.
It's an old steel
steel boat so rust is a near certainty. The questions are 1) How much? and 2) How extensive?
Most can be chipped out, treated and repainted but some could need the boat taken from the water
welded in and reblasting. If it's getting to this level then it's very wise to assess the cost of repairs
against the value of the boat before starting the buying
From what I've seen so far (outside of rust/corrosion and steering) the biggest question mark would have to be the engine
. The very limited amount of cruising that I've done on the Qld and NSW coasts and the continued descriptions of light wind
conditions through Asia
have convinced me that a good big engine
and a fair bit of fuel
makes for a lot of peace of mind. I put a 85hp John Deere in a similar boat and there are still times when I think more would have been better.