What to expect during a Marine Survey
The surveyor works for his client, whether it is a prospective buyer on in the case of insurance surveys, the owner. For a prospective buyer this is important as the seller and broker like to focus on the positive aspects while your surveyor represents your interest only. Your surveyor can often find hidden problems, such as deck de-lamination, un-sound stringers, bulkheads with broken tabbing, and many other not so obvious issues. These issues, which discovered before the sale, can allow the buyer to negotiate the sale price or have the problems attended to by the seller before the sale is final.
I have found problems for my clients which have saved them enough money on the sale to pay my fee many times over.
It is the responsibility of the buyer and/or owner to arrange for haul out with the yard.The haul out time should be arranged ahead of time, yard workers are well known for being independent sorts. I like to inspect the vessel in water first and then hauled for the bottom and underwater machinery. The sea trial can be undertaken lastly after the boat is splashed. The surveyor will not operate the vessel during sea trial, this will be the responsibility of the owner or his representative.
Have all your vessel paperwork ready including manuals, bills for recent work, any documentation useful such as inventories.
Have batteries charged, shore power connected, all included instruments on board and connected.
Clean seawater strainers check engine and generator fluid levels and verify operation by starting up and testing. If a piece of equipment is not operable at time of survey, I have no choice but to report it as such.
Have all USCG required safety equipment laid out for inspection, Check fire extinguishers for date tags and gauge reading in the green.
If possible have all sails on board and dated as when purchased and function.
Cluttered vessels are difficult to inspect. Having to empty out a locker with an accumulation of little used wet and musty items to inspect a pump or a switch is guaranteed to put us in a less than favorable frame of mind. A little spring cleaning will allow me to include: "The vessel surveyed was found to be clean and well kept indicating a knowledgeable and conscientious owner".
Vessels with inboard gasoline engines and generators.
Vessels with inboard gasoline engines are subject to federal regulations enacted in 1978 which were designed with the boat manufactures in mind to provide for the construction of safer vessels. Boats built before this date are usually not to regs. When I survey a gas powered inboard there are things I look for and if not to specs I will generate an A, or safety finding in my report. An A finding must be dealt with satisfactorily before an insurance company will issue a policy.
Look at my carry on check list to see if you vessel is up to specs. The ABYC also has many recommendations which I also check for.
For-most on the surveyors mind is representing his client in a professional manner and whether the vessel being inspected is safe and "fit for her intended purpose"
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