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Old 28-04-2012, 09:16   #1
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Issues after survey

We had survey & sea trial done along with oil samples
Recommendations were to change transmission oil
We bought the boat, changed oil. The mechanic who changed the oil found pther issues related to transmission & advised us not to run the boat.
Do we have any recourse with surveyor? Our broker?

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Old 28-04-2012, 10:08   #2
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Re: Issues after survey

consider also that mechanic could possibly be angling for money, and the surveyor was right

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Old 28-04-2012, 10:21   #3
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Re: Issues after survey

What issues? Alot of debris in the trans oil? That should have been caught in an oil analysis. Who did the analysis...? not the surveyor.... right? The Trans worked fine in sea trial? It's a used boat.... if the transmission functions.... I guess you got what you paid for.... need more info!
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What are the problems? Did surveyor recommend and was oil analysis done? Also have another mechanic take a look. Although I have grown to distrust surveyors and brokers, all mechanics ain't angels either.

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Old 28-04-2012, 17:37   #5

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Re: Issues after survey

Your recourse will depend on where you are located, what the governing laws are, what your sale contract said, and what who will or has put in writing.

You haven't specified any of that.
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Old 28-04-2012, 17:52   #6
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Re: Issues after survey

I discovered my last boat had transmission problems that were not discovered during the survey. Even a good surveyor can't catch every possible problem and the previous owner may not have told the broker about the problem, if he even knew about it himself.

A survey reduces the risk of unwanted surprises, but it is neither a guarantee or warrantee against problems.

Do you have some reason to believe either the surveyor or broker had knowledge of the transmission problem and failed to disclose it?
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Old 28-04-2012, 18:22   #7
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Re: Issues after survey

Most surveyors I have seen do not look very closely at engines

What were the "other issues"?
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Old 28-04-2012, 19:03   #8
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I think you will find that every survey has a clause that exempts the surveyor from everything. If the surveyor makes a judgment error it is on you not them. There is some justification for this , in that many things that go wrong on a boat may have been working fine the day before. Surveyors can not predict the future. The other side of the coin is that those clauses cover incompetance and there is little that can be done about it unless you can prove actual fraud. GOOD LUCK on that. This is why researching a surveyor is as important as researching the boat you are buying. This is also why I say dont ever use a surveyor that the broker recommends. There is too much chance of colusion. There are good surveyors and bad , and it takes more than a bit to weed them out. IMO.______Grant.

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