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Dec-05-2006 @ 2:48 PM                           Permalink
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hi Anna f ,
fistly welcome to the site ,it may help to look at the boat owners Q&A section , there is many qusetions and answers regarding buying a boat and using it as a liveaboard .
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steve and vicky

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Hi Anna,

£10 per foot for a survey sounds perfectly reasonable to me If not a little on the cheap side.

The best advise I can give you are already doing by having a survey by a reputable surveyor. I always recommend the guy who has done my last 2 pre-purchase surveys.

Gary Holmes from Sutton

01692 582173

There are many other reputable surveyors out there but this is the only one I have had recent dealings with. Perhaps others could put up their own recommendations.

Rod

You mean the other Starboard then...

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Avoid spending your last penny on a boat, as you will continue to spend on it after purchase. Don't underestimate this as any boat can be a money pit.

As mantioned, check the gauge of the canals you plan to use. Most of the central/southern ones are narrow. Up north, we have the pleasure(!) of wide gauge.

Look at plenty before you buy. There are good ones and some real sheds about.

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Actually I've been talking to a boatyard owner this week about what to look out for on boats when buying he said the most important thing was to get a survey done for your peace of mind and insurance but the other thing he told me was about the ingress of fresh water through either damage, damaged window seals or around shower compartments, or loose leaky deck fittings never thought about that before but then again I don't know much about buying boats but loads of people on here will have the answers for you.

james

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For what it is worth bought our boat just over a year ago from a reputable boatyard. Actually was not looking to buy at that time but opportunity could not be passed. Have been very pleased and used it over 12 weekends/weeks last season. Bought through Julies boatyard. Good sound advice.
www.boatsandoutboards.co.uk/broker/text/JBS001

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Anna, good luck with the purchase...but i would hope the £350.00 estimate for a survey would include an out of the water hull report. This might account for some £100 for a lift and hold crane and is something insurers would want to have sight of if covering for comprehensive.  Dont buy one without looking at the hull outside...Maybe your potential purchase is out of the water anyway..

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Yes, a survey is a must. But before forking out £350.00 use some common sense. If everything is badly painted, it looks like a D.I.Y. nightmare and the engine compartment is a tip then walk away from it, save your survey money for another boat. You don't need a surveyor to tell you its a waste of money. Only buy cheap if you have the know-how to make good.

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There's a hint of advice further up this thread. Before doing anything definite on a particular boat, talk to an insurer. There is no point buying a boat on a whim, gut feeling or surveyor's advice and then finding that your insurer wants something further.

Believe me. Been there. Done that.

Phil

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