Originally Posted by larman
In terms of sequence of buying can someone answer these quesions?:
1. Boat is on the hard, should I have it surveyed that way and arrange to have it splash so a sea trail can be performed?
2. Should I do the boat survey first and if all goes will schedule the engine survey?
The Survey is really broken into several parts:
Step #1: Structural: Hull, Deck, stringers, bulkheads, condition, inventory
Step #2: Mechanical (Pumps, Systems, Fridge, Stove, chargers, Head, Electrical, Electronics, Heat/AC, etc)
Step #3: Seatrail
The Hull survey is done out of the water. The mechanical survey is usually done in the water along with the engine survey and sea trial
The Hull and Mechanical Survey are done by the Marine Surveyor. The engine and generator should have a separate mechanic at the time of the sea trial.
1) Make an offer (Commonly P&S signed with deposit)
2) Hull Survey
If the Hull Survey passes, continue
3) Launch boat and perform a mechanical survey, engine survey, and sea trial. (These are typically done at the same time, so both the surveyor and the mechanic will be scheduled together).