When picking a surveyor
it's important to check his background, I'm not sure about the UK but here in the states there are several organizations which set standards for surveyors, it's a good place to start. Also the internet
is a wonderful thing, Googling the surveyors full name and title as well as business name will bring a boatload of info, especially if it's not good, people only tend to get on the soapbox if their upset.
A good surveyor
will pick up things that most average owners would not, a poor one isn't worth the oxygen he breathes.
My most recent experience on a yacht we purchased was good, but I did an extensive background check on the individual, inspected the boat myself and let him know I had done so. It worked out well and the survey was accurate.
On the other hand a friend of mine had a poor experience with a surveyor, he didn't properly vet him prior to the survey and it showed. Just one example, the surveyor stated that he had tested the radar
and it worked fine, which would be plausible if the radar
had been installed at the time, it wasn't, the mast
was off and the radar is backstay mounted, not only was it not mounted but we found that the yard had cut the cable off at the radar dome when pulling the mast. There were a whole list of other issues which were plainly evident that he didn't see, unfortunately my friend didn't ask me to look the boat over until after he bought it, it only took me about an hour to find about a dozen issues, some major (leaking fuel
tank), some minor (most of the electronics
didn't work without debugging the wiring), so I'm not sure just what that surveyor did. Maybe he just drove by and took a picture?
The gentleman who surveyed my recently acquired yacht was extremely professional and found all the issues I had spotted and also had the equipment
to do further inspections I was unable to do. It was thorough and well done.
If your not familiar with sailboats, by all means, hire a surveyor, there are far too many problems that could cost you thousands to repair, just make sure you properly vet the ability of the surveyor you hire.
As always take any advice with a grain of salt
, I've gotten some really bad advice from "professionals" in the past, it's your money
, spend it wisely.
In the US it would eventually require a survey to get insurance
once the boat was purchased anyway.