Surveying a boat
I have spoken to many people who realise the need to employ a good surveyor when they are considering the purchase of a sailing yacht. A good proportion of these people make the decision to back their own judgement rather than pay upwards of $1000 for a survey.
I have heard many tales over the years of surveyors who missed significant problems and, of course, there is always a disclaimer which circumvents legal recompense. And even seasoned sailors, who genuinely know sailing boats, miss many obvious problems when inspecting an older boat.
I have recently bought the most helpful volume by Dan Casey, 'Inspecting the Aging Sailboat'. For anyone considering buying a 'new'boat, I seriously recommend you buy this volume. They are available new from Amazon and second hand from eBay. This book has the potential to save a new boat owner thousands of dollars and will make you a more knowledgeable boatie.
Mine cost me US$10.74
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