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Selecting a Surveyor – Questions to Ask

Marine Surveyor | Yacht Specialist

Any search for a used trawler will involve a “due diligence” analysis of the vessel. Just about every lender and insurance underwriter will require a recent survey to be submitted in order to qualify for the loan and bind the insurance.   The role of a marine surveyor is to systematically inspect the vessel both in and out of the water to provide a professional opinion on condition and suitability. Another important finding the marine surveyor will offer is the estimated value of the vessel. Surveyors are very important players in the “job” of helping you buy a boat. It is my recommendation that you work with your yacht broker to identify a list of three or four surveyors to consider and then interview them (by phone) as if you are hiring an employee – because that is what the relationship is. They work for you and it is their job to identify issues of concern. You want to hire someone who you are comfortable with and whom you trust will make a detailed effort to evaluate the boat you are contemplating spending a great deal of money to buy.

Marine Surveyor

In addition to a hull survey I strongly recommend and engine/mechanical survey of the machinery by a marine mechanic including oil samples and load tests on batteries (this is a separate evaluation, rarely conducted by the same person).

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