Monday, July 16, 2012
The Marine Survey
By nature, a marine survey is supposed to uncover problems with your boat. That's what you pay them for. So when a boat goes to survey, you should brace yourself because (if you have a good surveyor) issues, be them big or small, will rear their ugly heads. If they don't, it could be reason for concern. Our recent survey uncovered a few large issues that total about 25K worth of "complications". Let's do some math: $25,000 - $1,500 = $23,500. Yeah. I'd say paying for a survey was worth it.
Marine surveys are one of those things that some boaters scoff at. I'm not sure why, but there are people who feel they can inspect boats better than professionals or that the professionals who inspect boats aren't worth their salt. I'm sure both of these scenarios are true in some circumstances, but for us - we have found neither to be the case. In our humble opinion this is too big a purchase to take a gamble on. I mean, we'd never buy a home without a home inspection - why would we buy a boat without a boat inspection? Seems like a no brainer to us. When we "inspected" the boat a couple months ago, she looked "pristine" (minus a few minor issues that we noted). Guess that goes to show what the heck we know. At the moment, I am literally thumbing through a ten (count that, ten) page report detailing the surveyor's "recommendations". Sa-weet. One line item reads "replace stainless steel anchor shackle with a conventional galvanized swivel and shackle" while another notes that there is significant water damage in areas of the balsa core deck. These are just two extremes to be found among the eighty-six that were listed. Eighty-six. In restaurant speak that means you're out of something. As in, "Eighty-six the prime rib". Sigh. Is it time to eighty-six this boat? Hmmm....
The big question now is, will the owner compensate us for these issues by agreeing to lower the price of the boat? This remains to be seen. While we don't want to nickel and dime and be difficult, 25K is not chump change and we're not ready to eat that. We're doing some research and getting a bunch of quotes at the moment - so we'll see how this whole thing pans out.
Either way, it's not the end of the world. Everything happens for a reason and if this boat is meant to be ours, it will be. If it's not, it's not. It's really that simple.
Brittany, Scott & Isla