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Old 01-27-2006, 08:23 AM
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I'm getting quotes on engine survey for 6LP 315hp Yanmars of over $1000 and hull survey's on a 95' 32 Luhrs for over$1000 as well. From talking with a few people this seems to be on the high end, not trying to be cheap but is this the going rate? Boat is in S. Florida.
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Old 01-27-2006, 08:28 AM
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Hull figure is high, going rate is 15-18$ per foot. Engine surveys are all different and vary in scope. What are they doing for 1000$? probaly no compression test.
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Old 01-27-2006, 08:32 AM
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Recently had my boat hull and twin volvos surveyed in Mass. $14/foot for the hull and $800 for the engines, no compression test. Oil and tranny fluid analyzed included.
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Old 01-27-2006, 09:07 AM
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I had my 33 Tiara with twin cats survey last fall. Hull was $18 per ft and engines were $1300 by Caterpillar. Had another boat surveyed before this in Fl and the hull wa $14 per ft with no sea trial and engines were about $1200 by cummins. Found out that 1 engine was completely shot with only 400 hours. The survey could be the best money you spend to save you in the long run.
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Old 01-27-2006, 09:17 AM
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I paid $17. per foot for a hull/ inboard engine survey in Ct. That included compression, temp,and confirmation/accuracy of guage to engine readings. The only thing not included was fluid analysis, but if the main survey looked shakey, the surveyor wouldve been capable of doing that as well, for an additional $150.
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Old 01-27-2006, 04:55 PM
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Quoted !3-15 ft in sw fla. Dec 05
Picked higher cost one, they missed: Shower/sink sump motor ran but, line was plugged, same for fish box macerator.
Head worked however leaks somewhere into bilge. Found only after adding smelly waste digester/sanitezer to system.
Horn did not work.
Starting batteries not enough MCCA for engines on boat.
In retrospect he did find.
Hull Void near stringer, undersized wiring used when owner added a seperate house battery, livewell seal insufficent and allows raw water to splash into bilge area near water tank and corroded SS hose clamps. Some bad lamps and some other minor issues.

I guess my lesson learned is a surveyor is worth it, but I now know that just hearing a pump run or a head pump water into the bowl does not mean there is not more to be found. Do your homework as well.
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Old 01-27-2006, 05:03 PM
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The quotes I have heard in the South range from $14 to $18 a foot for the hull. There is one surveyor who does both hulls and Diesel Engines for $28 a foot. I would not buy a boat without oil analysis on the main engines, genset and transmissions. Oil analysis are cheap, and may tell a lot.
I don't have a lot of faith in marine surveyors--there are a few good ones. Get a factory certified mechanic for the engines. When I sold a boat with twin Cat 3208's the engine surveys took longer than the boat survey--engines were half a day setting up all of the meters and a 2 hour run, then take down, and reports including all fluids--in that case he also analyzed coolants. I would say that $1000 is a low number for large diesels for a really good engine survey--but remember how much a rebuild will cost!!!
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Old 01-27-2006, 06:45 PM
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We charge $75/hr to do an engine and/or generator survey. A basic survey which consists of a visual inspection of condition of the engines and associated equipment (hoses, clamps, engine mounts, etc), a dock trial to run the boat and crawl around it looking for oil and water leaks, then a sea trial to check engine rpms, pressures, temperatures, etc. and then filling out a survey report. All of this takes about 8 hours +/- 2 hrs depending on engine access, if there is a generator included, time from dock to a place that the boat can be ran, etc.

One of the most important things we do, yet often overlooked things, is to check the vessels guages for accuracy. We commonly find tachs off (what sucks here is the guys thinks he is propped correctly and really isn't able to turn the rpms he thinks he is - BAD for a diesel) and water temp guages not representing actual temperature.

We also charge a $100 documentation fee. So, on average about $700 for a basic survey.

Oil Samples are $24 each, another $25 each rush charge if need results in 2 days instead of 5. So, another $50 (engines) or $100 (engines and gears) if you want this done.

To do compression tests vary by engine, but normally takes about half a day to a day to do 2 engines. So, another $300 - $600. On the larger engines we can also boroscope engines too while the injectors are out, which can be another $300 - $600.

As the engines get bigger, the work gets more involved as there get to be more cylinders, more stuff in the way, etc. A FULL survey (not a basic like above) on a larger yacht (50'-65') can span 3 to 4 days and can cost $3500 + depending on the amount of work done.

I hope this helps.

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Thanks for the feedback, sounds like the hull is a little high and the engine's are in line. BTW, they are Yanmar 6LP's, 315hp.
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i just sold my 23 sea pro and the buyer had a survey (no motor) and paid $450
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