Be your own sur­veyor

Practical Boat Owner - - Letters - Tony Thomp­son Mon­treal, Canada

I was shocked see in PBO’s April 2018 View from the Boat­yard ar­ti­cle the ap­palling state of sea­wor­thi­ness of the Southerly be­ing re­paired.

It ap­pears this boat had not had a re­cent sur­vey, which I find strange as this would nor­mally be a re­quire­ment to get boat in­surance, at least it would be here in Canada.

In his book In­spect­ing the Ag­ing Sail­boat au­thor Don Casey in­cludes a sec­tion called Boat-Buyer’s 30 Minute Sur­vey – fol­low­ing the tips in it would cer­tainly have picked up quite a few of the Southerly’s de­fi­cien­cies. Maybe read­ing such an ar­ti­cle be­fore buy­ing a boat would avoid a dis­as­ter and ma­jor ex­penses later.

A lot of rot was found in this Southerly when boat­builders started mak­ing another re­pair

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