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Old 20-03-2016, 06:29   #1
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Surveyor Recommendation in Muskegon, MI

Considering a boat in Muskegon and would love the name of any surveyor you have had a good experience with. Thank you so much!
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Old 20-03-2016, 11:47   #2
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I'm in the same situation. Will be making an offer on a boat in Muskegon this week, and I can't find a surveyor who will respond to my calls or who is not retired.
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Re: Surveyor Recommendation in Muskegon, MI

Ask at Torrensens.
Its been a long while since I sailed a boat from Muskegon, so I don't know if they are still there... but they had the knowledge of that area sown up. Damn fine people.


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Old 20-03-2016, 13:37   #4
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Ask at Torrensens.
Its been a long while since I sailed a boat from Muskegon, so I don't know if they are still there... but they had the knowledge of that area sown up. Damn fine people.


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That's where the boat I am interested in is. I would prefer a broker recommendation from someone other than the broker, but it sounds like I may be SOL. Still hopeful that someone here has a suggestion!
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Old 20-03-2016, 14:05   #5
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Re: Surveyor Recommendation in Muskegon, MI

Can't pull up our website right now, but under "cost" tab is a break down of when we purchased our Sabre in 2010 and who we used for surveyor (He's in the Grand Haven area... About 12 miles away). I never met him in person, but the inspection and emailed report were very detailed.

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Thank you Matt! I will check him out.

Edited to add: He is the broker of the boat I am interested in. Funny!
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Old 21-03-2016, 09:22   #8
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Wish I could help more, but as a life-long Muskegon guy, I would also go to Torresen.
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Re: Surveyor Recommendation in Muskegon, MI

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Do you need to have a membership to get a true listing? I didn't see a single surveyor in Michigan?
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I have twice used Patrick Gerber (phone 231-631-0082, and, gerbermarinesurveys.com). He is very good, his fees are reasonable, and he will do a complete job. He saved me a bundle on one boat that he discovered some issues with that completely escaped me. Tell him Larry Reed referred you. Good luck.
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Steven Drake, Spring Lake, MI (near Grand Haven). 616-847-1539. Did a survey for me over a decade ago. No surprises when I bought the boat.
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rfkressgroup.com

They did an appraisal survey for the owner of the boat that I later purchased. I don't know enough about them to provide a recommendation, but I would talk with them and potentially hire them if I was buying another boat in the area.
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Old 21-03-2016, 15:03   #13
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Thanks to all of you! Unfortunately the boat is now under contract to someone else. The hunt goes on.

If anyone is looking in the future for someone in Michigan, I also had multiple recommendations for Mike Everhouse.
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Re: Surveyor Recommendation in Muskegon, MI

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Ask at Torrensens.
Its been a long while since I sailed a boat from Muskegon, so I don't know if they are still there... but they had the knowledge of that area sown up. Damn fine people.


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Torresens is where we have been for 6 years. Agree - Very nice folks. They are reluctant to recommend since they are also brokers and avoid the conflict of interest. They will give you a list with no +/- opinion.

Check out their discounted cordage shorts. Usually about 80 feet or less. If you can get into Gordon's Garage there are many used & reclaimed items. Bring a flashlight and a coat if its cold.

If you visit, plan to stop for the best sandwich ever at Haab's about 1/2 mile east along the shore drive. They smoke all of their own meat. Delivery up the ladder on the hard.
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Re: Surveyor Recommendation in Muskegon, MI

Hello
Purchased my Morgan 37 OI from Tower Marine in Saugatuck MI last fall, I used Mel Sturdel from
A1 Marine Surveyors
PO Box 80,
Douglas MI
708.259.6436
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Douglas Michigan 49406-0080
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Melvin Michael Surdel
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Lake Bluff, Illinois 60044
708-259-6436

He is well qualified charged a fair price and I think did a fairly thorough job.
He was also very accomodating in being present for haulout to do ultra sound/thermal imaging and moisture tests.

Hope this helps and best of luck
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