The thing with surveyors is there are very good ones and then the rest. The biggest problem is the very good ones are booked up solid with a two month back-log and that becomes a problem when everyone is trying to make the sale
Never Ever trust the broker
to be in your best interest. Unless your broker
is working as a buyers agent, he works for the seller. He wins by the sale
going through at the highest possible price
Interview Surveyors and don't skimp. Do not trust the broker and steer clear of any he recommends unless you did your own homework. If you ask a broker for a recommendation and he gives you one, then trust him less.
You will find it difficult to sue a surveyor for damages unless you can prove gross negligence in performing his job.
NEVER EVER buy a boat that you did not spend every second on board during the survey. You stated you felt you would get in the way... WRONG. You are there to ask questions and learn from the surveyor as well. This is the time for a buyer to spend all the time he needs to decide if the purchase
is right or renegotiate based upon what he finds, or walk away. If you were there, you could have asked for it to be fixed or monetary considerations. That is part of the surveyors job to answer stupid "whats this" questions. Don't blame someone else for what you should have done yourself.
Spend a ton of time on the forums
prior to the survey. Find out what to look for on the specific make and manufacturer as they all have known issues . Ask those questions of your surveyor before he gets there and IN WRITING. A simple email
. Can you verify the condition of the keel bolts
and let me know if there are any signs of grounding. Please check that all systems are functioning. What about the rigging
, do you go up the mast
I will say that the higher the percentage you paid under market for the boat, the less the surveyor is going to nickle and dime items that should be obvious like door hinges. Since they are obvious, if he includes them on the report, it may mean that you may not be able to insure the boat until they are fixed, or they will become known maintenance
items that could exclude a loss. Many surveyors have pissed off clients when they put too much on the survey and can't get insurance
until it is fixed.
And finally. EVERYTHING on a boat is broken. You just don't know it yet.