How To Prepare For A Marine Survey

Time and additional expense can be saved by preparing the vessel for inspection and making her more accessible. Arrange to present a clean, shipshape boat, and have all papers and miscellaneous gear ready. If applicable, you will need to make arrangements with the marina to haul the vessel for bottom inspection, and retain a captain for sea trials. Lockers and cabin areas should be cleared of all miscellaneous gear.
The surveyor may request minor dismantling of interior ceilings, headliners, flooring, etc. in order to gain access to the suspected areas. Random removal and examination of below-the-waterline fasteners on wood boats may be required. Any dismantling and re-installation of parts should be performed by qualified personnel and is the responsibility of the person ordering the survey

A Survey report will include:

  • A detailed description of the vessel and its systems.
  • Notes on conditions which affect the vessel’s value and suitability for its intended service.
  • Recommendations regarding safety, necessary repairs and maintenance.
  • Estimated current fair market value of the vessel.
  • Estimated replacement cost.
  • Photographs of the vessel and any unusual features or problems