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I have known several surveyors over the decades. They answer my ill-informed questions with patience, and I believe that they could have been great teachers had they chosen that profession.
I was looking thru the web site for one of those folks, and thought that others here might like to consider (maybe print out...) the list she uses as a general guide.
It is a long list. A survey usually takes a full work day, and after that a written report with a lot of digital pix is prepared and conveyed to the purchaser of the survey.
When you follow a surveyor and observe carefully, you will get a great education in the boat you are (usually) about to own.

The result is quite a detailed "road map" for your first few years of ownership. There will always be some stuff to upgrade or repair, even on a relatively new vessel. (Actually it's depressingly common to find parts and installations on a brand new vessel that either do not meet the promised standards or have had unsafe shortcuts taken in the build process.)


Here's the link.

FWIW, Alison and several other journeyman mechanics and builders have given me some good input over the years on problems and quandaries expressed on this site.
I believe that EY owners are somewhat more mechanically inclined and/or curious than the average boater.

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Updated 09-05-2019 at 07:49 AM by Loren Beach

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  1. 907Juice's Avatar
    Sweet list! Nice to have it all in written form and easy to follow.
  2. bgary's Avatar
    Great list.

    I'm challenged, though, by the notion that "excess beer" is considered a fault....
    Updated 09-22-2018 at 10:47 AM by bgary
  3. sgwright67's Avatar
    Great list, I will review this carefully. One local surveyor I spoke to insisted that he will only conduct the survey alone, which turned me off. If I am paying for the survey and the haul-out on a boat, I certainly want to be present to see the boat I am considering purchasing. As a professional, I wouldn't expect to look over his shoulder or interrupt his work, but I also want to form my own opinion of the boat in the limited time available while it is out of the water.
    I am curious how many surveyors insist on doing their work alone?
  4. Loren Beach's Avatar
    When we bought our boat in SF, in '94, Jim Jessie, one of the best regarded (i.e. feared by brokers...) surveyors in that area *wanted* me to follow and observe. It was quite a "class"!
    Alison, whose list I referenced here, loves to have the purchaser observe, and her predecessor Chip Gardes (retired now) always wanted the purchaser present.

    While a good final report has a *lot* of info, by observing the process you have a knowledge framework thru which to view it and understand the nuances.

    The guy you spoke to must have had some *really* obnoxious people following him thru a boat or two, but that's no excuse to act the way you describe.

    Not a part of the discussion, but watch out for surveyors that pad their survey with 50% verbiage containing nothing about the boat. I have heard of one that listed ALL of his tools, for instance. Oh how impressive.

    When you get a sample to look over, first, you will hopefully have a good idea of what you will end up with.

    Nothing wrong with taking your own notes either.... in these modern times you could use a small audio recorder and digitally transcribe it later.
    Like I said, it may be like a sort of "masters class in maintenance and construction" , condensed into a day.

    BTW, Bruce's wry observation shows that he actually Read ... the whole list!
    Updated 05-14-2019 at 08:36 AM by Loren Beach