Preparation for a Survey
Your marine surveyor needs access to the engine, steering components, battery banks, bulkheads, stringers, etc. Be prepared to remove equipment from lazarettes and storage compartments.
An out-of-the-water inspection is highly recommended for pre-purchase surveys and is included with the cost of the survey. Insurance companies may require an out-of-the-water inspection. You will need to make arrangements with a nearby boatyard to haul the vessel out of the water. We will recommend a boatyard but you need to make the appointment. The cost of the haul out is paid to the boatyard and is not included with the cost of our survey.
A sea trial is also highly recommended for pre-purchase surveys and is also included with the cost of the survey. A marine surveyor will not operate the vessel during a sea trial. Make sure you, the owner, a broker or a hired captain is available to operate the vessel.
Paperwork can be time consuming. Make sure the ship’s USCG Documentation, the state registration and receipts for upgrades are all available to view.
Some areas of the vessel may be obscured by cabinetry, panels or various covers. Make sure all areas available for access are opened or will be opened during the inspection. This is considered destructive testing and access to these areas cannot be opened by your marine surveyor.
A Work Order will be provided by your surveyor to detail the marine survey process, costs and confirm your contact information. This Work Order needs to be signed and returned to your surveyor before a report can be provided.