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Old 09-03-2014, 07:12 AM
JGH JGH is offline
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Boat Surveyor

Since my last post, when I was interested in an aluminum rowboat, I've set my sights a little higher and may be getting a 13' Boston Whaler for my kids.

Here's the (possibly dumb) question -- the one I'm looking at is almost 20 years old, and I plan to see it in person this weekend. For a boat this size should I bother with the expense of a marine surveyor?

If not, the thing I was going to make sure to check was that the transom doesn't flex. Any suggestions of what else to look for would be appreciated.

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Old 09-03-2014, 12:57 PM
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Whaler's are foam filled and it's not uncommon for the foam to be water logged on the older boats. Surveyors use a moisture meter to check for water intrusion.
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Old 09-04-2014, 10:17 AM
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Waterlogged hulls can be an issue - google "chainsaw whaler" and you'll find a story of a waterlogged 13 hull that weighed something like 1000 lbs. rather than the 350 lbs. it weighed when it left the factory.
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Old 09-10-2014, 04:39 PM
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A surveyor will also use a plastic headed hammer and rap it against the hull all over the boat. It should sound sharp. If it sounds muted that is a soft spot which is either waterlogged or delaminated or both.

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