Originally Posted by David_Old_Jersey
Being on "freindly terms" with Brokers is not unheard of and that can cover a few sins, even if only of ommission / smoothing the edges to nudge a sale
along.......and that applies whether the Broker suggested him or not (in a local industry everyone knows everyone else...
That's how it is around here. They're good blokes but they're all on the take, or would like to be. They've lived their lives in boatyards
and that's just how it is.
I've also seen esteemed surveyors miss the most glaring of problems; they just walk away with their fee and leave it to insurance
So I'd recommend avoiding surveyors altogether; they just muddy the waters by doing the thinking for you. For example, the surveyor
packaged together and dismissed as "minor" a number of potentially serious problems; but would the OP have regarded them as minor had he identified them himself? I don't think so.
The OP has had a boat before and that experience, plus commonsense and his boating
friends, should find most issues. There's not much on that list that the average boatie couldn't identify.
Note that I'm no expert and I've missed problems when self-surveying and it's cost me; but I'd reckon I'm still a long way ahead.