my 48 ft Magnificent Cheoy Lee
Yacht off North Carolina
on 11/2009. 3 blown out thru hulls in a mild 1300 NM journey. My advise! Make sure your CERTIFIED Surveyor
knows about sailboats not just powerboats! ...Just think if you hired a surgeon...to operate on your loved one.....you better know how to put on your own gloves and hand them the instruments because, so far I have experienced absolutely no trust with the "CERTIFIED SURVEYOR" title.
Mine said" good strong boat" after a 3 day survey and told me an emailed copy was to follow... In confidence of his excellent report , I had hired a professional crew to sail my vessel home.)
This time period of inspection
included a week on the hard
with hours of "INSPECTIONS", witnessed by me, with NO negative recommendations. A few minor recommendations were immediately addressed.
I Trusted Board Certified inspectors/ SURVEYORS and still lost
my boat as it fell apart in a very quiet sail from PR to Beaufort
NC. . The 3rd & final thru hull
failure happened, at night in a storm, 30 miles from home.
My advice....get full resumes and references with inspectors.
For you Sailing novices, if you got a perfect inspection on a house and came home from settlement on your new home to find the Entire roof had fallen in....and the foundation had CRUMBLED....how would you feel? Who would you question?
I'VE Been trying to sort it out since my yacht sank, at Thanksgiving and my subsequent Helicopter rescue
at sea during the storm and ohh yea...at night.... in the dark.
Just saying..... to all newcomers, any women especially..."forewarned is forearmed".
in this boating
community MUST be held accountable to the buyers of a vintage Yachts if you want any of your vessels to hold
standard of certifications for suryeyors needs MAJOR IMPROVEMENT! May this post move along this process for the benefit of all dedicated Sailors, who love sailing as much as I do.
I know I sound a bit disillusioned...but I do state this position to help all of you, be aware and not caught off kilter , as I was. Someone told me since this experience...get 3 appraisals.
thing, the 3 things he recommended. I did before
I knew anything really.
Full Boat survey in the water ...a 2 hour Sea trial and on the hard
for several days.
Sooo... I have learned something as a newbie Yacht owner, I want to share 4 THINGS!
1. Figure about $1800.00 just to have it looked at...Surveyed thoughly. AND get all 3 reports in writing before you move off the hard & back to the water with recommendations, referrals & references
, and full qualifications , in writing
of all the people you have hired.
2. Have the owner pay all costs in the boatyard till certified results are in your hand. In fairness...Sellers may want to negotiate this. SOOOO negotiate!!!!
3. Have your insurance
estimates for this vessel and verification from the insurance
company...hard copies in hand before you hand over your purchase monies.
This matters because you will need to show your home cruising waters estimates
to know what your final expenses may be monthly. If you move this boat back to the water and something happens on the way in the yard....who pays? Think about everything!
4. You MUST
check where your insurance companys home port is. US or foreign based.....doesn't matter if it's cheaper because If you have a problem and cannot collect because they are internationally based. Why pay anything? Want to hire an attorney in Russia
to collect your money
If you want Real insurance...find out the parent company is!
I have looked for answers to my general SURVEYOR & INSURANCE questions all over the internet , and the info. is all very vague or not answered at all.
....I hope some of you will reply and help address some of these concerns, for ALL future buyers and boaters!
Thanks for letting me participate!