Essentially, all purchase and sale agreements are conditioned upon, to the buyer’s sole discretion, the satisfactory performance of surveys and sea trials. It is the buyer’s exclusive responsibility to select the surveyors, both a hull surveyor and a certified mechanic (engine surveyor), to handle the various portions of the inspection. This is one of the areas in which a broker’s value comes to light. A seasoned and honest broker will have a few different surveyors and mechanics whom he or she can contact, depending on the type and size of the boat and engines. Buyers should do everything possible to choose the surveyors themselves, especially if not represented by a broker who is familiar with various names in the industry. If relying on the listing broker for assistance, buyers should ensure a list of several names is provided — each of which they can vet and contact prior to making a decision on who to use. Buyers should be wary of a listing broker providing only one surveyor from which to choose.