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Old 01-17-2021, 01:46 PM   #301
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BP's stated practices are out of line.
That is a complaint I've heard frequently over the decades.
Never from a client but only from sellers and yacht brokers and I'm a little proud of that.

It also shows I have some skill in weeding out undesirable clients.
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Old 01-17-2021, 01:49 PM   #302
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Self surveys for insurance renewals should be an industry wide practice.
Really?

Did you happen to look at BP's survey pictures?

I don't think 1 in 3 boat owners has a clue about boat safety. I think if you surveyed 100 boats that were 20 years old, you would find 20% that had atleast 1 seacock that was frozen open, 1 of the bilge pumps that didn't work, and 1 of the fire extinguishers out of test. Your average boat owner is focused on what makes the boat go, not what keeps it from sinking or burning up.

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Old 01-17-2021, 01:54 PM   #303
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You just quoted me as saying your practices were out of line. I don't think I ever said that unless I misspoke my intention, but looks like a snippet, misrepresentative. Please provide the post number or full quote. I said all along it's your right. Is this a Rufus quote of me or something?
in the interest of continuity.I've just deleted the post that incorrectly quoted you and replaced it with the correct quotation.
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Some really good information on the technicalities of surveys. Too bad it's buried in a thread on liveaboard haters. 200 posts with nary a mention of the original topic. Fascinating.

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Old 01-17-2021, 02:29 PM   #305
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Some really good information on the technicalities of surveys. Too bad it's buried in a thread on liveaboard haters. 200 posts with nary a mention of the original topic. Fascinating.
Peter

Yep, some posts seem to take on a life of their own, depending on the agenda of the posters. Kind of like asking a politician a question and you get an answer totally unrelated to the original question, just a point that the politician was determined to make no matter WHAT the question was!
Spoiler alert: This post has about as much relevance to the original thread title as the last couple of hundred posts!
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Unless you’re always in protected waters that are warm, well populated, and with SARS/tow services right at hand fire and sinking can’t ruin your whole day and possibly prevent future ones. Think most people know that. So think the 1/3rd comment is possibly a bit overstated.
Believe that’s definitely not true for the cruising community. We routinely exercise our through hulls and suspect the gentle readers on this site do as well.
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That is a complaint I've heard frequently over the decades.
Never from a client but only from sellers and yacht brokers and I'm a little proud of that.

It also shows I have some skill in weeding out undesirable clients.

It shows that your specialty is clearly buyer's hit job surveys for use as negotiating weapons. Not surprised that you're proud of that.
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in the interest of continuity.I've just deleted the post that incorrectly quoted you and replaced it with the correct quotation.
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Really?

Did you happen to look at BP's survey pictures?

I don't think 1 in 3 boat owners has a clue about boat safety. I think if you surveyed 100 boats that were 20 years old, you would find 20% that had atleast 1 seacock that was frozen open, 1 of the bilge pumps that didn't work, and 1 of the fire extinguishers out of test. Your average boat owner is focused on what makes the boat go, not what keeps it from sinking or burning up.

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The owner survey checklist and comprehensive photo list covers it. The insurance company also says to hire someone if you can't do it yourself. The boat owner signs a document stating that the questions and photos honestly represent the boat. Every seacock on the boat is photographed in the closed position. Fire extinguishers certification is a Coast Guard requirement. A condition survey is not rocket science.

I've been on this forum since it was spun off from Passage Maker decades ago. Bp has posted those exact same old sensational photos many times. BP seems to think they justify his behavior. They don't.
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During my membership on TF I've read Boatpoker's posts and taken his statements as very valuable and informative. I have read much of BP's web site and learned quite a lot. I find BP to be a cut above the typical surveyor. Well, more than a cut above, far above. If he weren't on the east coast I'd use him without reservation.

As one who has always owned older boats, for those that have a problem with surveyors calling out the best current practices, ABYC or other, on insurance surveys of older boats I share your frustration when expected to be held to a standard that did not exist when the boat was built. I suggest a pre survey conversation with the surveyor and ask that the boat not be held to current best practices, but to the best practices at the time she was built. Unless the survory's finding is a serious safety concern. If the surveyor won't agree to that, find another surveyor.

That doesn't mean I don't want to know what the surveyor finds. I just want him/her to leave ABYC references out of the report where not appropriate. But I need the surveyor, not myself to make that call. When I hire a surveyor I am hiring his / her expert opinion. I'll give an example, my previous boat was an early 70's Tolly with propane cooktop, catalytic heaters and refrigerator. The boat may have met best practices when she was built. But the propane system cobbled together out of tees, elbows, couplings and nipples was a dangerous mess by today's best practices. That NEEDED to be pointed out by the surveyor. A less knowledgeable owner would not have appreciated how dangerous the system was and taken it upon themselves to clean that mess up. I removed propane service the the refrigerator, removed the catalytic heaters and brought the supply tanks to cooktop up to current best practices.

Pre-purchase surveys are a different kettle of fish.

On the subject of ABYC being a for profit classification society. Yes, they are. And that is not necessarily a bad thing. Commercial shipping classification societies are among others ABS, DNV GL and Loyd's Register. ABYC is a recreational boat version of those classification societies and provides a valuable service in building and maintaining safe boats.

On the subject of an insurance underwriter's reliance upon ABYC. Many of the underwriters we use are not solely in the marine business. They depend upon outside experts, the surveyors and ABYC, to help them determine the risk involved in underwriting a boat and her owner. We pay them a rather modest annual fee (premium) to accept a significant risk. In my case I ask the underwriter to assume the financial risk of a potential $3,129,800 if everything goes wrong.

Also there is the personal financial risk to consider. In the event of a major claim I don't want to give an adjuster any leverage to deny my claim. I want to have used a qualified surveyor recognized by the underwriter as reputable to have performed the insurance survey.
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Unless you’re always in protected waters that are warm, well populated, and with SARS/tow services right at hand fire and sinking can’t ruin your whole day and possibly prevent future ones. Think most people know that. So think the 1/3rd comment is possibly a bit overstated.
Believe that’s definitely not true for the cruising community. We routinely exercise our through hulls and suspect the gentle readers on this site do as well.
You're working under the assumption that they are aware of the risks and choose to ignore them. What part of owning and operating a boat required them to gain that knowledge? I would imagine in the USA that most boating fatalities and sinkings happen within sight of land. So a raw water hose fails between the seacock and engine. What percentage of boaters know or remember there's a valve there to close? What percentage could find it or even figure out the flooding problem?

While I would expect cruisers (especially the ones who do their own service and repairs) to be more dialed in, there is a significant percentage that only fix what's broken. I guess it also depends on your definition of a cruiser.

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It shows that your specialty is clearly buyer's hit job surveys for use as negotiating weapons. Not surprised that you're proud of that.
I'm sorry you feel that way. It sounds like you've had a bad experience with a surveyor who didn't appreciate your vessel as much as you think he should have.
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I'm sorry you feel that way. It sounds like you've had a bad experience with a surveyor who didn't appreciate your vessel as much as you think he should have.
You need to start previewing your quotes so they show up under the name of the person you're quoting. Another one here that made it look like it was you that you were quoting. Perhaps something going strange with the forum, but double check.
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QUOTE [I'm sorry you feel that way. It sounds like you've had a bad experience with a surveyor who didn't appreciate your vessel as much as you think he should have. ]


I've had great surveys for almost two decades. For the first three I hired a Naval Architect who considers SAMS/NAMS unprofessional at best and refuses to join their ranks. The last survey I did myself (and fixed a few items after going through the check list provided by the insurance company).
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Re: Post #236. "The US government does say that commercial vessels with propane systems must comply with ABYC Standards however."


Interesting that the US government require adherence to "suggestions".


Therein lies the problem. SOME surveyors (present company excepted, of course) seem to think AYBC has some legal clout. AYBC suggests "best practices" but unless these same items are required by COLREGS, they are not enforceable other than by collusion and blackmail by insurance companies.
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I believe some ABYC suggestions are incorporated into the Code of Federal Regulations (therefore law) by the USCG.
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Thanks but I won't be posting here anymore.
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Thanks but I won't be posting here anymore.
Ignorant masses for the win. Another resource lost. But hey, anything to save a buck and not upgrade your boats for the safety of those onboard or around you.

It’s funny really, people come to the forum to get “professional” advice for free, but don’t listen until the narrative fits their budget and motivations, usually provided by “non professionals”. Then revolt against the resources that originally made the forum worth using.

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I hope that's not true. Sometimes threads get a little out of hand. I said it very early in this thread, Boatpoker has been quick to provide newbies with good advice and guidance. His website is chock full of useful information. I hope you'll continue to be so generous with your experience, if not for old farts, at least the newbies. We were all there and giving back a bit is one of the best parts of TF.

That said, many people on this thread have often provided good information. And it's been interesting to see the exchange, though I have to say I've never had the issues with surveyors many of y'all have had.

Hope to see you around BP.

And thanks to all.

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I hope that's not true. Sometimes threads get a little out of hand. I said it very early in this thread, Boatpoker has been quick to provide newbies with good advice and guidance. His website is chock full of useful information. I hope you'll continue to be so generous with your experience, if not for old farts, at least the newbies. We were all there and giving back a bit is one of the best parts of TF.

That said, many people on this thread have often provided good information. And it's been interesting to see the exchange, though I have to say I've never had the issues with surveyors many of y'all have had.

Hope to see you around BP.

And thanks to all.

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Here, may be referring to this thread.

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