Why should you have the vessel surveyed? Most insurance companies and banks will require them. They will need to know her condition and fair market value in order to finance and/or underwrite the vessel. Knowing her condition and fair market value before you purchase is also important to make an informed purchase decision. However, the most important reason to survey your vessel is for the safety of the passengers and crew.
This is the most comprehensive type of inspection, and is strongly advised when purchasing a new or used vessel. Condition and overall operation of the vessel will be examined.
We provide our clients with a professionally prepared report that is photo documented logical in order, easy to read, thorough, detailed and accepted by all finance and or insurance institutions.
Our surveys include:
Survey of all systems (AC/DC electrical, freshwater, black water, grey water systems, galley equipment, electronics.)
Engine sea trial check (using non contact temperature gun and photo tach). Note this is NOT an engine survey. We recommend a separate engine survey by a Marine Engine Surveyor with the Engine (E) designation.
Sounding of hull to determine structural integrity, with moisture meter used at suspect areas.
Survey of underwater machinery and the exterior of the hulls wetted surface area.
Detailed report including photographs.
Report includes fair market value and replacement cost (USD) and "Findings and Recommendations" section.
This inspection is performed so that the insurance company can determine whether or not the vessel is an acceptable risk. They are interested in structural integrity and safety for its intended use. Most insurance companies require a survey on older boats. They will also want to know the vessel's fair market value.