Extremely interesting opinions across the board.
Let's start working through a few.
To the guy who said a $200 fix, I don't know what forum you have been reading but from what I have read you can't do much on boats for $200. To just lift
the 50ft boat
out of the water
to do the out of water inspection
cost $800 in my currency.
It does sound like everyone was doing their job. Surveyor
picked up issues, broker working had to sell the boat
. I don't think there was a relationship between them at all.
I am not unhappy at all that I spent money
on the survey
like others have said its peanuts compared to what it could have cost me, mega repairs
or worse life. The boat had to be delivered to me, to do so meant crossing a small sea. The surveyor
said that no surveyor/naval architect would sign off on it doing the crossing. The surveyor did take me through options, basically his advice was talk to Beneteau
, sure I could do this and get a price
and negotiate and it crossed my mind but I didn't love the boat that much to go down this road. I always had reservations about this make/model and something like this was an instant deal breaker.
Regarding the surveyor talking to the broker. The report was not sent to the broker. I was unable to attend the survey
(different country, other commitments) I independently hired the surveyor for this job and the contract
asked if they were to send a copy of the report to the broker. I ticked no, I'm guessing because the broker was organising the boat he was also hovering around during this time and a discussion started. I'm actually glad it did because the information came directly from the surveyor and not via me.
My wording of the failed survey and the failed/successful notion is neither here nor there. You know what I mean.
I believe the surveyor did great job and would hire again.
Yes the problem was the hull
and liner de-lamination not the deck
. There were other issues picked up also but this was the major.
I have spoken to the local dealer about Beneteaus in general and the liner is definitely structural. He told me this liner makes them extremely strong??
I was told by the surveyor that the possible cause of the issue was the the boat was not supported correctly out the the water which makes me think that perhaps in the environment
it was designed for floating in the water it is very strong but out of the water with a 4+ tonne keel
hanging off it not properly supported issues can arise.
I believe the surveyor did everything correct. He said he would ring if anything major come up and talk to me direct, which he did.
Regarding whether the owner/broker knew about this issue is unclear but when I asked if they would like a copy of the survey he didn't seem that interested so leaves me a little suspicious that perhaps they knew something. I was happy to share it if it helps them to repair it correctly. The broker was a hell of a nice guy but like I said seem to down play something which sounds major.
If it were me I would tell the owners to get their own survey. The boat should come off the market until the repair is done and there is sufficient documentation
to support it.
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