Quick follow-up to the post -- we ended up using Allan Smith and would definitely recommend him. Price
was fair, he is very knowledgeable, and he was flexible with our somewhat crazy schedule. I don't think San Carlos is the easiest place to find a surveyor
, so it was nice to use someone that the CF community had already tried and recommended, and we were able to negotiate the price down a little based on the few issues the survey turned up (Allan assisted us with getting quotes for those issues very quickly, so we had a legitimate leg to stand on with the brokers).
The brokers, on the other hand, are a whole other story.
We did end up buying
the boat we were looking at (extremely excited about this!!!), however the brokers nearly turned us off the whole deal. I won't name him by name (there are only two brokerages in San Carlos, so you can PM me for details), but be warned that they are 100% slimy salesmen who do not give a rats-a** about the buyers and are only out to make the most for themselves. In fact our broker
actually said this to us. I really try hard to believe that people are generally good and to give everyone the benefit of the doubt... but these brokers need to be dealt with at an arm's length. If we hadn't had a 100% positive experience with the seller and Allan I don't think we'd be happy new boat