March 8, 2022
My wife and I came down from Canada to buy a sailboat in Florida and engaged the services of Mitch Witt for our pre-purchase survey. Mitch was very business-like and forthright about what his services would involve, the limitations of what a surveyor can do, and what our expectations should be. Having previously bought and sold a cruising sailboat, I was satisfied that Mitch would be able to provide the services we required. His website also provided an excellent sample of one of his surveys, so we asked Mitch to act on our behalf.
The scheduling of the survey date was complicated by many factors including dates the owner and yacht broker could be available, tides, and Intra Coastal Waterway( ICW ) bridge clearance considerations. Mitch was very patient and understanding as we worked our way through these things.
On the day of the survey Mitch arrived right on time, his attire and demeanor was very professional.
This was a 47 ft yacht with some quite complex plumbing and electrical systems but Mitch worked through the afloat survey efficiently and quietly. He was able to explain his observations to me in both technical terms (which I already understood from previous boat ownership) but also had the patience to clearly explain things I was not familiar with. He also took the time to explain things to my wife who was also very pleased with how he relayed information to her on things she was not familiar with on a boat.
Mitch was extremely professional, patient, courteous and polite to the seller of the boat. He was also very professional with the selling yacht broker who regrettably, did not reciprocate the same level of courtesy to him.
Throughout this whole process and subsequently, Mitch has kept us informed and given us many helpful tips for local businesses and services we can work with after purchase as well as numerous articles on boat systems, battery technology etc. As we are not yet familiar with this region of Florida, he also gave us advice and helpful information for navigating the local waters where the boat is berthed.
We have been very pleased with Mitch’s services, he has gone above and beyond our expectations and an altogether superior experience than we’ve had with any previous marine surveyor. Thanks Mitch – we look forward to keeping in touch !
Steve & Heather Dunn