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Old 18-08-2007, 22:45   #1
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BVI - Recommend a Surveyor ?

Did a search and did not see any past notes, so here goes.
Does anyone have a personal recommendation for a Surveyor in Tortola?
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I can highly recommend the first one on the list, Bill Bailey. Haven't seen him in a few years, but assume he's still there (I'm not).

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Alot will depend on the type boat you need a survey on. Several good ones on Tortola and while most can do almost any boat, some are very very good on specific types.

Last week I used Robert Ansell of West Indies Marine Surveyors located at Nanny Cay. Really excellent service and knowledgeable and also willing to supply very detailed information above and beyond the survey itself to me as I looked over his shoulder and often even closer as I was provided the opportunity to get eyes and hands on views of "everything". My haul out was arranged at Nanny Cay and the sea trials were from Road Town out to Dead Chest up almost to the Indians and back to Nanny Cay for some tacking and engine trials.

Robert is one of those "skinny" surveyors that can get into any place on any boat... I almost needed a good oil down to get to a few spots and have any hopes of getting out again. The web site is West Indies Marine Surveyors Ltd. and the phone # is 284-494-0772 and if you do Skype westindiessuverors.

Strong recommendations from me... what ever the hell that is worth!!! LOL

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I used West Idiies also, great guys BUT they did miss some very critical items like the main salon door glass broken( I missed it too, was covered with sun film half way up and broken right at the line.) Also if you are using a broker make sure you have him pull the previous selling price on the boat your looking atThey can find out how much the last buyer paid. Not what it was listed for!!!!!

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I also used West Indies surveyors and was pleased with the quality of work performed. The actual surveyor was Geof Williams, a gentleman used frequently by Charter Companies for boats coming out of service so he is familiar with most of the types of boats found in charter in the BVI. I am also familiar with Robert Ansell from when he was with Sunsail and found him extremely good to work with. (Note, I have heard that he has gone back to Sunsail though that is not confirmed. His cell number is 284-496-8657.) Best of luck with the process.
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I also used West Indies surveyors and was pleased with the quality of work performed. The actual surveyor was Geof Williams, a gentleman used frequently by Charter Companies for boats coming out of service so he is familiar with most of the types of boats found in charter in the BVI. I am also familiar with Robert Ansell from when he was with Sunsail and found him extremely good to work with. (Note, I have heard that he has gone back to Sunsail though that is not confirmed. His cell number is 284-496-8657.) Best of luck with the process.
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Thanks to all.............WI & Carib are ones mentioned in the past and you have confirmed their reputation. A few add'l ones are on the SAMS list, so I'll have to compare this small group.

WildRice - You mentioned pulling previous sold price info.........what source would a broker go to for that?

WildRice - humm, missing item....I heard of a story that involved a major failure post survey where some felt it should have been caught which is in the back of my mind.
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Forgot to ask

How many of You did a separate Engine or Rigging survey?
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The catamaran co. (Mike Carlson, I belive he got it from yatchworld) pulled one on my boat when I was thinking of going over to them . It had every Admiral sold and the actual selling price. If your using a broker tell too get it for you or find another broker. My broker was Mike Kiely with the moorings in fort lauderdale, Great guy. The surveyer I used was Geof Williams.

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We specified that the rigging be surveyed as part of the process. Did find that the shroud turnbuckles (all 6) had seized and needed to be replaced. This is something that can be missed on a survey and you may want to check. We also had the injectors pulled and tested for spray patterns, finding one that was not to spec. If possible, personally "pre-survey" the boat thoroughly and be present during the survey.
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I will be needing a surveyor also and probably will be going with Geof Williams.

I am also looking for someone in Torotla to do an ENGINE SURVEY. I found that the engine is overheating at high RPM's even after replacing the impellor. Before I take it out of charter with The Mooorings, I would like a separate survey of the engine; does anyone know someone who would survey the engine?
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You can probably get a good recommendation from the surveyor you choose for the boat. A thought on engine overheating: When our SO 45 came out of charter we had a similar overheating problem. After changing the impeller and coolant and cleaning the heat exchanger and exhaust elbow to no avail, we found that when they painted the bottom of the boat, they painted over the raw water intake screen, closing more than half the opening so that it ran fine at low RPMs but could not get enough water at higher RPMs. A quick cleaning of the intake screen solved the problem.
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I had checked this out before I had them replace the impellor and it was clear. It maybe the exhaust manifold/elbow
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Ehumpal: I would highly recommend Bill Bailey @ Caribbean Marine Surveyors @ Nanny Cay in Tortola (but they move around & betwen islands). He was thorough, many years of experience & very patient explaining / answering my questions.

I would agree with Sonny..............ask surveyor for engine rec......but surveyor may also be able to solve too.

Gladly answer any other questions on this recent experience. Their web site is pretty good too.
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