Originally Posted by TonyC_Gsy
I am looking at buying a used RIB in the UK and am considering whether I should engage a surveyor for a Pre-Purchase Survey?
I have found two boats that I am very interested in but wanted to get a Marine Surveyor to take a look at them asap.
The boats are based in Southampton area and Pembrokeshire, Wales.
Does anyone have any recommendations?
Unless you're buying a Big and really expensive Rig likes of Scorpian Sting Goldfish Cabin Rib ect...
Id say save you're money. Just take someone you trust and who's experienced in and around RIBs and use you're own common sense...
Once you have decided on the make model and configuration your after ( often the hardest bit
)....things like overall condition of Hull Transum Tubes Deck and equipment are pretty self evident and engine hours service history ect is a matter of documentation,and again straight forward and easily checked.
I would always strongly recommend a decent Sea Trial though! Ideally in a bit of a Sea...and the alarm Bells would certainly ring if the seller was in anyway reluctant.
Good luck in you're search,and enjoy the process...you're paying for it!
If it's a case of wanting a pro to survey/view the Boat in your absence ...(something certainly I'd not want to do personally!)
Then I'm sure a someone on here will point you in the right direction in the locations you refer too.