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  • Looking for a Surveyor with exceptional knowledge of bayliners

    First, yes I am a wear that I am doing this backwards.

    I fell into a 1985 4550 for what I believe is 1/3 its estimated value. Allowing emotion to lock the sale in before the boat went to market, I bought with out a survey. I have had a couple before and was less than impressed with the surveyor and his communication, inspection process and evaluations. For the money spent I expect more than a report that is a cut and paste of other reports. (literal verbiage that dose not relate to my boat)

    If you have had a great experience with a surveyor in the Seattle/Tacoma area I would love a recommendation.

  • #2
    I highly recommend Cale Mathers. He is very familiar with Bayliners and is an awesome surveyor. He's based in Bellingham but I believe that he'll travel to Seattle/Tacoma.

    Specializing in Marine Survey Services for Power Boats Ranging in Size from 30FT to 120FT

    1999 3788, Cummins 270 "Freedom"
    2013 Boston Whaler 130 SS
    Anacortes, WA
    Isla Verde, PR


    • #3
      Second on Cale. He did ours and was top notch.
      1999 3988
      Cummins 270s


      • #4
        Make sure you also get a mechanical surveyor and oil test.......Good luck and hope it works out for you,we sure like ours.

        Google luck Brad
        Brad & Sharon
        Lady Jake
        1985 4550 EH 700TI /Twin Disc 502
        Anacortes/La Conner, Wa.


        • #5
          Plus one on the mechanical. Earl Summerville is your guy. Nobody knows Hinos better.
          P/C Pete
          Edmonds Yacht Club (Commodore 1993)
          1988 3818 "GLAUBEN”
          Hino EH700 175 Onan MDKD Genset
          MMSI 367770440


          • #6
            I can't say enough good about Wayne Gilham out of Tacoma. He came to Bellevue to survey our 3818 and did an amazing job. He's primarily a sailboat guy but I got a 53 page document that covers every inch of my boat. I've lived aboard for over a year now and after he walked me thru the survey I haven't had a single surprise. He didn't miss a thing on these boats and also took the time to show every potential future issue to be aware of. PM me if you want his number; otherwise you can find him online
            Drew Haas
            1998 4788 "Painkiller"


            • #7
              I second Wayne Gilham. Very knowledgeable and thorough.


              • #8
                Thanks to everyone with the input. Just got notice insurance requires the survey, now its time. boat comes out in two weeks for major work. Hope to get the survey at the same time.