Originally Posted by Blue Skye
Question to the people who have purchased new and had a survey
. If the survey comes back with issues, what recourse does the buyer have? Will the manufacturer fix deficiencies? Sorry for the ignorant question, I have not heard nor read of a situation where a new boat is surveyed.
We have paid for surveys of new boats. Only once was there an issue and it pertained to how some of the wiring
was run. They took about two hours fixing it to our satisfaction. The benefit was getting it fixed then and there instead of waiting around for it. Our contract
on a build also included a survey clause.
There have over the years been a lot of lemons delivered that a survey would have caught. However, when you've already paid for the boat, you are at a disadvantage. That's a reason too for the final payment to be after the survey is completed and all items corrected. Whether it's 5% or 10% in most cases it's more than the cost of compliance.
Unfortunately, I've also known this situation to lead to the courtroom. One boat in particular, a 97' model, was contracted to meet Veritas Unlimited standards and for many reasons didn't pass the survey.But they were unable to get the problems quickly corrected by the builder