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Apr-07-2009 @ 8:50 PM                           Permalink
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At the moment I am talking to people in the hope of buying the cruiser that is advertised for sale. I have asked a number of questions..ie..
1.Last Service Date, 2.Service History, 3.Engine Hours, 4.Any Spare Parts with the Craft, 5.Are Parts still availible for this Craft, 6.Work still to be carried out if any, 7.Complete Invntory A - Z of what is on board, 8.Year the Cruiser was built. Have I asked all the questions I can or is there a thought with some of the members that I should ask more...if so what do you feel they are. I can be contacted on... GeoffG49@hotmail.com ... All sudjestions will be welcome even if you think I have asked enough. Do any of the members know of a good Insurance Company, and good Moorings with Electric Hook Up if possible. I intend to live on the cruiser, so a hook up would be welcome. Thank you to all.

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You seem to have done your homework but I would offer this advice...get yourself a marine survey. For the outlay of a couple of hundred notes you could save yourself thousands.

A friend of mine was looking at what seemed to be a real bargain...all the boxes were ticked and he was on the verge of parting with his cash. At the last minute he commissioned a marine survey which revealed the boat to be a massive liability.

The surveyor's exact words were "If this boat was free...it would be expensive. Walk away"

Another thought occurred...you may actually find it difficult to get insurance on a craft which hasn't had a recent survey.

John

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Apr-07-2009 @ 9:16 PM                           Permalink
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Live-aboard moorings may also be an issue. Check before committing?

Pauline

'Stop it you silly ass!' cried the Rat from the bottom of the boat 'You can't do it! You'll have us over!'

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Thanks Dibbler for your reply. Yes I know about the survey and have mentioned it in my contact with these people. A local friend of mine who drinks in the Pleasure Boat gave me the phone number of a good person that would do a survey for me, but knowing me I have more than likely mislaid it. No matter I can always get in touch with Graham the pilot at Potters or Sam who works in the boatyard behind the fish and chip shop. They will see me right should I have to holiday there this year before I get this cruiser...Thanks again Dibbler.

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Hello Pauline, I will do that, but as I said to John.. I will talk to some friends in Potter.  Having thought Pauline I won't be at the mooring all the time, but just have it for somewhere to come back to if and when I need to...Geoff.

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As Dibbler said, get a survey, get it done by a proper surveyor, get him to do the safety cert too, or at least tell you what needs doing for it. Ours needed somewhere in the region of £2500 work doing, for which we got £5000 off the asking price! not bad for a £500 outlay. A proper surveyor will get the boat out of the water and go over everything and give you a detailed report warts and all. Boats are expensive its always best to go in eyes open.  

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Thanks very much Gretzky for your reply. I have been given the name of a surveyor [ S Truss Surveyors ] Do you know anything about them or can you put me onto the one that you used. I am going after a Powles42 so I think it may cost a little more to get it done, but as you say it will be worth it in the long run. Thanks again.

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Mr Truss did the survey on my wooden boat, and he was thorough.

Actually he also did the BSS assessment for me just recently,  and was constructive with his solutions to a heating installation which the installers were pleased to come back and act on.

I think you'll find that Steven Truss is/was a member on here...  If you do a search you will find that others have recommended him in the past as well.

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Hello Pandora, I was given Stevens phone number by one of my friends last year when I was up in the Pleasure Boat for a pint of the the usual you know what. Anyway I found the Insight Marine and went through it...he seems very good and you are right he still doe's the BSS should you need it. He seems to be the one for me but it is good to check what other people think and recommend.

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Hello again...On reading your reply again...did you pay the £2.500 or was it the last owner and still get the £5.000 off.

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