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Saturday, September 10, 2011

Brokers
As we all know buying a boat is an investment. If you are a prudent buyer, which I know you are, you have hired a competent surveyor. But what about the person selling you the boat? What is their motivation? I have seen many brokers in my time on the water, some good , some bad, and some whom are clueless. Sadly, the clueless ones are the most dangerous. Please do not be fooled by a gimmiky broker or tag line you might expect to hear from a personal injury attorney, such as, "We don't make money unless we sell you a boat." Duh. Thanks for the heads up. The boys in marketing must have been up for days working on that tag line. Also, be leary of the same guys who change their names every two years and reinvent the business. Stick with a broker who has long term experience, 15 or more years experience. Used boat brokers have been around since Noah decided to downsize his vessel. Look around and be smart, be leary, ask questions, and find yourself a buyer's broker to represent you and your interests.
6:12 pm est

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Infrared Camera Requests

It's been a long time since I was asked to use my infra red camera for a survey. Today, All Florida Marine Survey received two requests for thermal imaging. I let both clients know my view on the thermal imaging gimmick and explained it would add additional expense to their surveys. Both clients still wanted the service done. August is always the slowest month of the year for marine survey requests, so I am happy to have received the calls today. The best I can surmise is that because of today's economy, boat buyers are being especially careful with their purchases. Infrared does have it's benefits when used correctly and honestly.

Later Gator,
Captain Trip Vawter

12:03 pm est


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