Kurt Merolla

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Kurt Merolla – NAMS® Certified Marine Surveyor
Merolla Yacht & Boat Surveyors, Inc.
2500 NE 48th Lane, #504
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33308, USA
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  1. Brent Ford

    We contracted to purchase a Pursuit 3070 in Ft Lauderdale. The boat had the Yamaha 225’s so we knew this would be the potential weak spot. We agreed on a date/time for Kurt to do the survey for $1300 which included $200 for oil sample analysis.
    Prior to the survey, he told me we could stop anytime if anything major was found. I asked him to start with the engines as I did not want to waste a bunch of money surveying a boat we would not buy if there were major engine problems. To justify his price he told me he would spend from 8:30 until 4 or 5pm with the boat and then spend until 11pm or so typing the report. He said he would start by checking the engine compression, then move into the cockpit and cabin, followed by a sea trial, and then have it hauled out to check the hull. He started at 8:30. After surveying the cockpit and cabin first, he then moved on to the engines. Just before noon he called to tell me there was low compression on multiple cylinders of both engines. I told him to stop immediately. He did and then proceeded to send me a bill for $1100 (which was the amount for the full survey minus the oil analysis).
    After disputing the amount charged he agreed to lower it to $800 saying that was the least he could take for “a day.” Even though he didn’t start with the engines as requested and he had only worked 3.5-4 hours… I decided not to argue as he did save us a lot of money… OR SO I THOUGHT.
    The boat was extremely well maintained and the seller apologized profusely saying he couldn’t believe there was a compression issue. The next day the seller decided to have his marina do a leak down test and check the compression. No issues were found. For further verification, he then hired a certified Yamaha tech to check the compression. All cylinders were within 5lbs. Another buyer swooped in and agreed to purchase the boat pending a survey. The new buyer surveyed the boat and closed the purchase as no major issues were found.
    Not only did I miss out on a great boat, I’m out $800 as well.

  2. Kurt Merola’s president

    This guy was not even my client .
    I surveyed the entire vessel and engine compression test which HAD several low cylinders. I asked when the last time he used it and he claimed within 10 days.
    I called buyer and he chose to stop the survey and I gave him a reduced survey fee.
    Seller chose to write this Bogus review, then got his engine running, rings freed up with use or Ring Free additive I’m assuming. And won’t admit the issues I found would have deterred any potential buyer.
    I have surveyed over 8,300 vessels and inactivity and the untruth of use from a seller could have been avoided if he used or started the vesssel more frequently and maybe loostebed up the rings the day before survey ?

  3. Kurt Merola’s president

    Seller made a poor review because the engine had low compression and stuck rings from inactivity then fixed the issue and blames me for the lost sale.
    Service your boats before survey and the buyer would not have walked away !!!

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