How much do you know about boats?
Personally I wouldn't waste money
on surveys or brokers. I'm perfectly capable, as are many on this forum, to conduct a survey
on small pleasure craft (say under 60') which would be far superior to most I've had to pay for. Unfortunately if you need insurance
, no matter what your level of knowledge and experience you need a survey.
As for brokers, if you don't trust yourself to negotiate for a used car you my find some comfort in a boat broker
But make no mistake, you have absolutely no practical legal
recourse against incompetent surveyors or less that honest brokers. With the boat
market, even for new boats, it is still LET THE BUYER BEWARE, I don't care how many certifications surveyors and brokers have or how many "professional" organizations they belong to.