Originally Posted by SoggyDollar
Hi All - have a contract on a 1990 Tollycraft 44 in Fort Lauderdale pending survey.
Does the group have any recommendations for hull and mechanical surveyors?
Very highly recommend Ed Rowe for the hull survey, and Dave Odham for the mechanicals. Ed's company is Ed Rowe and Associates. Dave's is Dave's Marine. We hired both of them to survey our NT, and they worked well together and each did an amazing job. Ed was there around 8:00 AM, and was still working when we left for the airport at 3:00 PM. Ed spent a lot of time pointing out and explaining minor things that didn't go in his formal report. We subsequently hired Dave to do some work for us after we purchased the boat and before we had it shipped north. He was great about keeping in touch with us and even gave us updates on what he was seeing other contractors (like our painter) doing, which made it much more comfortable having work done from a distance. We ultimately had Dave prep the boat for shipping, as well. He was more expensive than the yard, but did an amazing job removing things like the radar antenna, etc, to make it easier for us to reinstall upon delivery. He marked every wire, ran lines where necessary so we could snake wires back through, sealed any openings to the elements, and even took detailed photos. Made reassebly a snap. Dave also managed to replace our cutlass bearing for much less than anyone else quoted, becuase he figured out how to do so without pulling the shaft (something we were told would be necessary). Even to this day Dave has answered any questions I have asked him regarding our engine and generator. I suggest you make sure to opt for an oil lab analysis. It may uncover hard to detect issues, and if it comes back OK, it will give you a good baseline for monitoring your engines/transmissions/generator.