Just completed a purchase
of a Lagoon 440
in West Palm Beach. When I went searching for a surveyor, I tried to find one that wasn't particularly close to FLL or MIA or where my purchase
was. Less chance of finding one who has some loyalty to the Broker.
That being said, I looked on the internet
and contacted several. I wanted the mast
checked (cost more), oil
in all engines, transmissions and drives analysed and a full infrared scan of the hulls completed (sometimes cost more). These are the 4-5 most expensive areas to have work done on.
Like it or not, I think it is almost imperative to be there when the survey
is done so you can follow the surveyor around like a new borne kitten. Observe and talk with him/her about everything. Because they provide a value appraisal they are also aware of "ball park costs" to repair. Keep your own list. Go with the surveyor for the on the water
sail and observe the shape and condition of the sails
. This is another big expense if they are in really bad shape. Example, my Lagoon 440
had a main with bad batton pockets, 6 year old sails
, and the UV cover on Genoa
needing replacing. From my past experience I estimated it would cost me near $6K to have repaired. Got lucky, R&R, restitch, replace pockets and UV cover, new stack pack and repair as necessary two spinnakers for $3800.
The bigger the boat the more the cost and it doesn't necessarily have a linear relationship.
All of these things should be done by the Surveyor and as you go around with that person, if they don't do those things ask for it. All part of the contract
and their due dillegence.