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Old 10-31-2012, 06:43 PM   #1
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Surveyor needed SW Florida

We may soon be in need of a surveyor in the Englewood Florida area. 1987 42 foot boat, single Lehman, Northern Lights generator. I would appreciate any recommendations.

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Old 11-01-2012, 08:47 AM   #2
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not sure if dave goes up there but i use him in key west,top notch.tell him rick from the boat rentals referred you maybe he'll cut you a break.i dont have his number but heres what i do have.
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Old 11-01-2012, 09:59 AM   #3
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We used Mike below and were quite happy in March of this year. He is a

Mike Davenport, Accredited Marine Surveyor

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He is on the wrong side of the state, and I'm not sure what he would charge for the travel, but I can give a very, very strong personal and recent recommendation for Ed Rowe with Ed Rowe & Associates, Vero Beach, FL. Ed did the survey on the boat we just purchased and it was the most thorough survey I've ever seen. He was there at 8 AM sharp, and was still on the boat when we left for the airport at 3 PM. He also went out of his way to discuss everything with us. I don't think there was a single system, nook or cranny on the boat that he didn't check/climb into. My wife and I both commented after the survey that we would gladly fly Ed anywhere to conduct a survey for us in the future (and several of his customers do just that). His rates were also very fair.

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Old 11-01-2012, 07:06 PM   #5
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Thanks to all for the input. It is invaluable. If anyone else has recommendations, I remain interested.

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Old 11-02-2012, 03:38 PM   #6
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I bought my boat three years ago in Punta Gorda and had a hull surveyor and diesel surveyor. They are:

Steve Berlin, Independent Marine Surveyors Inc
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Daniel Mattos, Marine Engine Surveyor Inc
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I was very satisfied with their work and they know each other and worked together very well.
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Old 11-03-2012, 05:27 PM   #7
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Does anyone have any experience with Adrian Volney?

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Old 11-23-2012, 06:28 PM   #8
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Thanks to all who responded. Surveyor selected and survey scheduled.
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Old 11-24-2012, 09:35 AM   #9
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If you take the trouble to read this entire thread:

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you will be told that all surveyors are liars and make "$hit" up.
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Old 11-24-2012, 10:10 AM   #10
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Big difference between an insurance survey and a pre-purchase survey. That thread keyed on abuse of non-binding ABYC criteria by some surveyors during insurance surveys.
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Old 11-24-2012, 11:05 AM   #11
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Adrian Volney did SEA LEVEL several years ago. Very knowledgable with Grand Banks. Another, extremely professional, Mike Beijar, 727.442.5210. Theses arrrgh straight up guys, no BS. Not associated with either.
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Just checking to see if anyone has more up to date ideas on a good marine surveyor in the Ft Myers area?

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I used Henry Pickersgill December 2012. I remain very happy and would select him again. He travels and does boats all over. 352-650-5579
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I bought my boat three years ago in Punta Gorda and had a hull surveyor and diesel surveyor. They are:

Steve Berlin, Independent Marine Surveyors Inc
Fort Meyers
239-466-4544

Daniel Mattos, Marine Engine Surveyor Inc
Fort Meyers
239-461-0366

I was very satisfied with their work and they know each other and worked together very well.
I second this, and will add Eugene Sipes, and further say that these 3 are better than who we have in the Miami-Ft. Lauderdale area, who might tout their big yacht experience (to humble you?) , but these fellows will give you your moneys worth.
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Looking too...

Any updates on the info provided above? I'm looking for a general surveyor and a good engine survey. Boat is in Fort Myers.

Also -- being my first time -- what should I expect for the survey? Would it be reasonable to schedule both surveys on the same day? There will be a sea trial. I'm out of town (400 miles away), but I plan on making the trip down to be present.

Any other advice?

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You can surely do both surveys the same day. For the engine besides them looking at it overall, seeing how it runs, are the engine mounts solid, etc... One of the best things you can do is get a sample of oil (engine, transmission, genset, etc) and have it analyzed.

Also see what kind of maintenance records they have. Generally the better the records, the better the maintenance has been.
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For the regular survey, are you having it hauled?
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Yes. Having it hauled. On the oil analysis: Is that something I could expect the engine surveyor to do? If not, how quick turnaround should I expect from the tester?
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Old 02-09-2015, 08:24 PM   #20
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Yes the engine surveyor can do, all they really do is take a sample and send it out to the lab. I've gotten results in 3-5 days.

Who's doing the engine survey? I would use an authorized shop for the brand of the mains. They can usually also handle the genset, but ask.
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