Services

Preparation for a Survey

In order to efficiently examine your vessel, a surveyor needs access to all compartments and inspection ports. A little time spent housekeeping will save you time and additional expenses.

An orderly cabin and remove unnecessary equipment aboard your vessel will expedite the survey process. If an out-of-the-water inspection has been requested, you will need to make arrangements with the boatyard to haul out the vessel. The price of a haul-out is not included in a survey quote. If a sea trial has been requested, you will need to be prepared to operate the vessel or retain a captain. A surveyor will not operate your vessel during a sea trial. Paperwork can be time-consuming, have the ship's papers organized for your marine surveyor.

The boat surveyor may need visual access behind interior ceilings, cabinets, headliners, cabin soles, etc., in order to inspect various systems. Removal and inspection of below-the-waterline fasteners on wood vessels may also be required. Any dismantling and re-installation of the vessel’s interior is not the responsibility of the surveyor. A qualified person present at the time of the survey should be prepared to provide any needed inspection access.

A work order will be arranged to provide an agreed-upon quote and provide authorization for the surveyor from the boat owner to enter a marina and board the vessel.

Survey Options

  • Pre-Purchase Surveys

    A pre-purchase marine survey is an in-depth examination of the vessel you wish to purchase. Usually, an offer is made and accepted on a boat subject to the “survey.” This is where you find out the exact condition and value of the vessel so you can make an educated decision on its purchase. All surveyors should conduct an extensive systems analysis of your boat. This necessitates ascending the mast and a visual inspection within all cabinets and access ports of the vessel. A thorough survey will evaluate the condition of the engine, wiring, plumbing, tanks, electronics, pumps, through-hulls, etc. In addition, it is important that you have your marine surveyor inspect the vessel out of the water to assess the condition of the boat’s wetted surface. A good yacht surveyor will supervise a thorough sea trial in order to examine the performance of the boat underway and then take oil samples once the engines have been properly loaded. You need to hire a conscientious surveyor who will take the time to fully investigate the vessel. Your safety and large amounts of money are at stake. Ask to see examples of your surveyor’s reports. You can download my sample reports on the next page.

  • Insurance/Financing Surveys

    An insurance or financing survey is usually required by your existing or potential insurance or financing company. It depends on the insurance company but usually, every five years, they will require you to submit an up-to-date survey on your vessel. Yes, this is an unwelcome expense, but it is also an opportunity to have a professional spot potential problems on your boat. Don’t jump to hire the surveyor who is the cheapest in town. Even if you are the most meticulous of boat owners, a good surveyor will always catch something of potential concern on your vessel.

  • Rigging Surveys

    Your standing and running rigging should be inspected by a qualified rigging surveyor who is accredited to write reports, so you and your insurance company will be assured that a thorough inspection was performed. Normally, a marine surveyor will not go aloft to thoroughly examine your standing rigging. It is hard to find a boat surveyor who will ascend the mast, but it is essential to have your entire rig surveyed, especially if you frequently sail offshore or are setting off for an extended cruise. Keiser Marine will perform an in-depth examination of the entire rigging system (where accessible). Shrouds, chainplates, hardware, and fasteners will be inspected to find possible metal fatigue, crevice corrosion, galvanic corrosion, and metallurgical problems. A report will then be written with recommendations to correct any deficiencies.

  • Consulting Survey

    A consulting survey is a specialized inspection of a vessel with or without a report. Many times a potential buyer will find a listing for a vessel that is out of state or even in a different country from which they reside. In this case, a consultation survey may be the best option. A consulting survey can be performed for a vessel at an hourly rate to establish if the vessel is indeed in the represented general condition reported by the seller or broker. In order to save the cost of a full Pre-Purchase survey, detailed photographs within an email with written descriptions of the general condition of the vessel will allow the potential buyer to know if this boat is worth pursuing. Generally, just two hours of inspection are needed to establish the general condition of the vessel. Hourly rates are worked out on a case by case basis.

  • Pre-Cruise Survey

    A pre-cruise survey is a great investment, not only in peace of mind but also in the enjoyment of your voyage. Even a seasoned cruiser will benefit from fresh, professional eyes examining the systems of the boat. If you are new to cruising, it is essential to have your boat thoroughly checked by an experienced cruising surveyor before going to sea.

  • Warranty Surveys

    You bought a new boat, and they gave you a one-year hull warranty, pretty standard. Also pretty standard is all the problems that arise the month after the warranty expires. A warranty survey completed a month or two before your warranty will provide you with a list of work the manufacturer will legally need to perform at no cost to you. Often manufacturer flaws won’t show up until it’s too late. A timely vessel survey is prudent and in your interest.

  • Damage Surveys

    The Damage Survey is usually required by an insurance company to assess the extent of the injury to the vessel. It is also the job of the Damage Surveyor to ascertain the reasonable cost of repairs. If you do not have insurance, it is a very good idea to hire a surveyor as a project manager to help you mitigate the repairs to your vessel. A good surveyor will know which repair facilities can be relied upon and insure you will pay a reasonable price.

  • Appraisal Surveys

    There are several circumstances that require an appraisal of your vessel. A bank will require an appraisal to borrow against your assets; estate settlements need a current value assessment of boats. Non-profit organizations will provide an excellent tax write-off for appraised vessels, and many legal cases, including divorce and bankruptcy, will require a current appraisal.

Consulting Services

  • Pre-purchase consulting

    A pre-purchase consulting service is a specialized inspection of a vessel with or without a formal report. Many times a potential buyer will find a listing for a vessel that is out of state or even in a different country from which they reside. In this case, a consultation service may be the best option.

    A consulting inspection can be performed for a vessel at an hourly rate to establish if the vessel is indeed in the represented general condition reported by the seller or broker.

    In order to save the cost of a full Pre-Purchase survey, detailed photographs within an email with written descriptions of the general condition of the vessel will allow the potential buyer to know if this boat is worth pursuing. Generally, just two hours of inspection are needed to establish the general condition of the vessel. Hourly rates are worked out on a case by case basis.

  • Damage Consulting

    In the event that your vessel becomes damaged, it is critical that repairs are made to completely restore your vessel to safe operating tolerances. Repair estimates may vary by large dollar amounts.

    Workmanship and materials will also vary. A qualified damage surveyor will recommend a reputable repair facility at a fair price and will supervise repairs to ensure your vessel can be depended upon at sea.

  • Cruise Consulting

    If you are planning a cruise for the first time or are looking for advice on making your boat more practical and comfortable for extending trips, then our cruise consulting services will be very helpful for you. Keiser Marine captains have extensive offshore cruising experience and will examine your vessel with an eye at making your trip more enjoyable. There are many inexpensive changes you can make to your vessel that will improve your safety and make a passage more pleasurable. Our cruise consulting services are inexpensive yet invaluable to your relationship with your boat. Call us for a quote, and let us share our experience with you.

  • Sailing Lessons

    If you are discovering sailing for the first time or just want to gain more confidence on your vessel, Keiser Marine can help you through the entire process of becoming a confident and safe sailor. Perhaps you are interested in coastal cruising in the Bay area, or long-range cruising to tropical destinations; we will recommend a style of boat to meet your requirements and price range. When it comes time to choose, we will perform an extensive survey on the vessel to make sure it meets your specific needs. Then relative to your experience, we will customize a set of sailing lessons to help you become comfortable with your boat and confidently approach the adventure of which you have always dreamed.