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Just to note, if I proceed with this boat I will get my own survey.

 

Regardless of this, the boat in question has had a survey a few months ago commissioned by the current owner.  In that survey the following was reported. 

 

"Widespread galvanic corrosion to hull sides with pitting up to 2.4mm deep." 

 

The original hull thickness in 2004 was 6/6/10, currently it has corroded to 4.2/5.6/9.8 at the worst points.  There is also a note in the survey that all pits which exceeded 1.5mm had been pad welded and a galvanic isolator had been fitted.  In the conclusion there is a note that says further pad welding may be required in areas behind protective coatings. 

 

Looks like this hull has not been cared for by the previous owner(s) but how bad in the grand scheme of things is this?  What is the cost of future pad welding? How much will the issues found on this survey impact future resale?  

 

Thanks!

 

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37 minutes ago, frlrubett said:

but how bad in the grand scheme of things is this?

 

Its a boat for which I would keep my hands in my pockets, turn and walk swiftly away.

 

38 minutes ago, frlrubett said:

In the conclusion there is a note that says further pad welding may be required in areas behind protective coatings. 

 

Translated means - "it is in poor condition all over but I have found enough to be of concern so not bothered in looking over the rest of the boat which I asume will be in the same condition"

 

Presumably the 4.2 measurement is on the sides / waterline ?

With insurers demanding a 4mm minimum it may not be long before it becomes uninsurable without overplating.

 

It sounds like it is going to be a very "needy" (insert £s) boat so unless it is valued at a fraction of its 'in good condition' price to allow you to spend £1.000s on it and not be out of pocket, I wouldn't even bother to have a survey.

 

Why was the survey done 'a few months ago' ?

If it was for a potential buyer than presumably they considered it to not be a viable proposition and did not proceed.

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3 minutes ago, Alan de Enfield said:

 

Its a boat for which I would keep my hands in my pockets, turn and walk swiftly away.

 

 

Translated means - "it is in poor condition all over but I have found enough to be of concern so not bothered in looking over the rest of the boat which I asume will be in the same condition"

 

Presumably the 4.2 measurement is on the sides / waterline ?

With insurers demanding a 4mm minimum it may not be long before it becomes uninsurable without overplating.

 

It sounds like it is going to be a very "needy" (insert £s) boat so unless it is valued at a fraction of its 'in good condition' price to allow you to spend £1.000s on it and not be out of pocket, I wouldn't even bother to have a survey.

 

Why was the survey done 'a few months ago' ?

If it was for a potential buyer than presumably they considered it to not be a viable proposition and did not proceed.


Thanks for your frank response, this is exactly what I was looking for.

Yes 4.2mm is WL.  

The price slightly reflects condition but needs to have at least 10k off it to make me interested. 

The survey was conducted by the owner prior to sale. 

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37 minutes ago, Alan de Enfield said:

 

 

Is the owner a surveyor ?

Ha, good point no. The surveyor is a well known local one, who has been recommended to me as a surveyor before encountering this boat. 

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If this is a Good Boat, historic or by a good builder it might be worth it. If it is just yet another boat that turn up in their droves (Think Ford Focus, Vauxhall Astra or something) it is probably not worth the bother unless it is a really good price. 

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On 15/06/2021 at 14:51, Alan de Enfield said:

 

 

Is the owner a surveyor ?

Frl had previously said that the owner commissioned this survey.

Frl, is this boat advertised on the internet, or do you have photos of it? Seeing it might help members to make more precise assessments and comments.

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