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The Importance of a Follow-Up Survey
The Worth of a Follow-Up Survey
After a long, tightly scheduled trip like this one that tests the boat and all of her systems, it’s hard to overestimate the value of having someone with a practiced eye and good tools like a phenolic hammer to make sure that she is as healthy as she appears to be. Consider it a “trust, but verify” operation. At a cost like the $340 that Robert Noyce charged for this survey, it’s cheap insurance to make sure that this well-traveled Beneteau 34 Swift Trawler continues to maintain both her cruising capability and her value.
What You Can Learn
Our surveyor, Robert A. Noyce, showed that a marine survey provides more than a suitability-for-service report and a measure of quality: Maintenance tips and repair history are also revealed.
Compare our Certified Boat Test of Beneteau’s Swift Trawler 34 against this marine surveyor’s report.
Earlier this year, Beneteau sent a Swift Trawler 34, The Greatest Loop, around the Great Loop route circumnavigating the eastern United States. In Part I of this story, we had a new-boat survey, complete with a haul-out and sea trial, performed on The Greatest Loop. This illuminated the many reasons for having a new-boat survey performed and proved the Swift Trawler 34’s high quality.
For Part II, we went back aboard The Greatest Loop, performing a survey after she had been run for nearly three months straight and berthed in ports from New York to New Orleans, putting 5,234 miles in her wake and 580 hours on her single Cummins QSB5.9 diesel inboard engine and other systems.
The boat returned in great condition, according to the survey. Hop aboard with us to find out why.