With any large purchase comes an inspection stage to ensure the product you are spending your hard-earned money on is worth the price tag. You wouldn’t buy a car without test driving it first, right? Well, the same should be true for buying a boat. Having a trusted surveyor aboard is necessary to complete the trial, but don’t leave it completely up to them to tell you everything. The sea trial and survey stage is YOUR chance as a future owner to see how the boat performs, and together you can catch any issues that may arise from running the systems.
A future trawler owner submitted a question to Passagemaker Magazine’s column, Ask the Experts, about the sea trial and survey phase of the buying process. Jeff was asked to respond about the importance of the trial, and his answer was featured in the May/June issue.