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Old 16-04-2021, 20:48   #1
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Just get a survey

Seriously if you don't know anything, very little or are just madly in love with the boat your buying get an out of water survey.
I met a lovely couple yesterday that purchased a very old timber yacht for a substantial five figure sum with no survey and its a project alright.
This was the first time they had seen the yacht out of the water and the worm eaten rudder below tells most of the story and the interior and deck is not much better. There was a few tears and I bet a few hard words in private.
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Old 16-04-2021, 21:17   #2
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Jebus, don't even need a surveyor to see that's a problem.
Out of water inspection by a blind man prior to parting with the coin would have sussed that
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I'm sure they were told to get a survey too!
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Nope, that's not gonna buff out! Poor buggers...

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Re: Just get a survey

I’ve had surveys, and bought boats without them. If I have the time to thoroughly check everything out, I find out more or less what the surveyor finds.

Instead of saying that I would say, be well aware of your limitations and plan to cover those weaknesses some other way.
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Ouch!!............even an in the water survey by a compentent diver would have detected this issue. Wonder why the broker, if they had one, did not recommed a purchase contingent on a survey (and I mean multiple surveys including hull, engine and electrical and mechanical) for that kind of money since any repair is liklu going to be 10x the survey cost, if a repair issue was discovered. Oh well, it is only money so you got to love spending money to restore an old boat.
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Seriously if you don't know anything, very little or are just madly in love with the boat your buying get an out of water survey.
I met a lovely couple yesterday that purchased a very old timber yacht for a substantial five figure sum with no survey and its a project alright.
This was the first time they had seen the yacht out of the water and the worm eaten rudder below tells most of the story and the interior and deck is not much better. There was a few tears and I bet a few hard words in private.
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Something tells me they're not going to be so lovely after sorting that mess out and they may not even be a couple
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Broker: "That'll buff right out"
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She looks like kindling wood. I have sympathy for the buyer laying out money for a wooden boat with age on her and no survey.
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Hahahaha, yeah. Got one a boat with a broker once stepping around on a squishy deck with the sound of water squirting through small passages with every step. He didnít seem to think it was a problem. Heck man, you could have disclosed that before I drove 3 hours? Never looked at another boat thru those guys.
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Hahahaha, yeah. Got one a boat with a broker once stepping around on a squishy deck with the sound of water squirting through small passages with every step. He didnít seem to think it was a problem. Heck man, you could have disclosed that before I drove 3 hours? Never looked at another boat thru those guys.
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Survey? Who needs a survey? a little putty a little duck tape and you're on your way!
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I would argue that if you need a survey to tell you that literally half of the rudder had rotted away, that you do not need to be a boat owner.
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I would argue that if you need a survey to tell you that literally half of the rudder had rotted away, that you do not need to be a boat owner.
I had a similar thought, TR. I would have thought that swinging the tiller back and forth would have felt so damn strange that I'd have investigated further.

But I do feel sorry for these poor folks, and a bit critical of the vendor.

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There goes one happy seller.

Very sad for the buyer.

I wonder if there were any brokers involved.
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