Originally Posted by kulas44
Your thoughts ?
In the property world, there is a professional appraisal organization called the AAI. It is fairly easy to guess what AAI stands for but more than a few say it stands for Appraised As Instructed. Like surveyors, appraisers probably use checklists and forms. After all, it is a lot easier to use a checklist and fill in prepared forms than it is to use your brain and a little creativity and with a little luck, they can also mask a lack of true knowledge.
My boat has a draft of 42" but the surveyor reported a draft of 60". I brought it to his attention and he mentioned some other brand of boat and didn't change his survey. Maybe he was trying to tell me the bilge pump was broke. Who knows. They often walk a fine line between the customers who pays for their services and brokers or insurance companies who recommend them to would be buyers.
I am sure there are a lot of good surveyors and some not so good. They can deal with the things they can see and test but much is hidden on a boat. On TF, we hear quite often of newbies who are told by their surveyor that buying the boat is not recommended. For this kind of situation, a surveyor is a good asset.
For knowledgeable boaters such as yourself, a surveyor offers little value but for the not so knowledgeable boater, the knowledge of the surveyor makes the difference between a good boating experience and a poor outcome.