I'm looking at what looks like a great deal on a 43 foot wooden ketch that my marina is taking posession of. However I'm having no luck finding anybody willing to write insurance on a wooden boat in Florida. Any ideas?
The boat was built by Nelson A Whitesell in 1976 and is strip planked with juniper. It needs to be painted inside and out but appears to have no rot anywhere. Its still sitting in the water so I haven't seen the bottom yet except for what I could see snorkeling. The diesel is a Volvo Penta MD3B that needs work (probably replacement of all 3 cylinders due to corrosion) so I'm not sure how it will be taken to the haul out for survey. Anybody know a good wood boat surveyor in east central Florida?