If you're in the process of shopping for a new boat or replacing the one you have, you'll most likely have to call on the services of a marine surveyor. Just as you would normally take a used vehicle you're purchasing to a mechanic to have it inspected for any engine problems, so should you have boats you might buy looked at by an expert.
But if you've never hired a surveyor before, you may not know where to start. Luckily YachtWorld.com has some tips that can get you started on the right path:
- Check marine surveyor organizations for names: There are several trade organizations whose members must meet certain standards in order to receive certification as a marine surveyor. These include the Society of Accredited Marine Surveyors and the National Association of Marine Surveyors.
- Don't rush your hiring decision: Check out multiple surveyors and ask for their inspection fees, as well as how much experience they've had in the business. Don't simply hire the first person you call.
- Go to the inspection appointment: Unless you absolutely can't make it, try to attend the inspection itself and listen to the surveyor's observations.
- Take the boat for a spin before the test ride: The test ride – when the surveyor actually evaluates the engine and boat performance – shouldn't be the first time you take the vessel out for a ride. You should already be familiar with its power and speed beforehand.
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