Vessel Inspections for Your Specific Needs
In addition to having an awareness of vessel condition and value, a survey places a buyer in a great position to:
better negotiate price for an intended purchase,
determine risk and insurability, and
determine the extent to which repairs are required.
Why Choose SV Marine Surveys
There are many marine surveyors, and most reputable ones will be certified through one or more of a few different professional associations. When you choose SV Marine Surveys & Consulting, you are choosing a surveyor who has certification as a Surveyor Associate with the Society of Accredited Marine Surveyors, an organization that requires adhering to strict professional, technical and ethical standards, in addition to continued education to remain in good standing.
You will be provided with a thoroughly prepared report that is accepted at all banks and insurance companies. When you call or message, ask a lot of questions. There is no question that should be left unanswered as to what to expect for the investment you are making. You should feel comfortable and have a clear understanding on what the survey includes. Just as important is knowing what it does not include, how long it will take, what’s involved, what you need to do as part of the process, what the cost is, and what type of reporting format is used. For example, SV Marine Surveys uses ABYC, NFPA and USCG standards in each survey.
Note that a thorough inspection is not taken lightly and will not be rushed. It will be thorough, taking a few days to complete and will include information on such things as:
- overall structural condition,
- systems on board and their functionality,
- moisture penetration evaluation,
- overview of general engine condition, (which is not the recommended certified ABYC technician’s mechanical inspection that would be an additional cost),
- electrical system functioning,
- safety compliance,
- oil and/or coolant analysis if elected,
- compression test if elected,
and many other areas, some of which may require extra time in researching information from external sources like vessel and/or material manufacturers. Some of the specific inspection items have a separate cost that will be made clear to you up front.
Most importantly, understand that survey inspections are point-in-time. They provide information on a vessel’s condition at the time of inspection but do not guarantee seaworthiness or that something won’t break ten minutes after inspection. The survey report is the vessel condition based on the available accessible areas at that specific point-in-time. The surveyor does not take anything apart to reach unaccessible areas. The owner of the vessel is responsible for making all areas, or as many as possible, available for inspection.
Another great benefit having SV Marine Surveys complete your vessel inspection is nearly all insurance companies and banks will accept SV’s survey reports. They will need to know the vessel condition and fair market value in order to finance and/or underwrite the vessel.
Most importantly though, as owner or potential owner of the vessel, you will have important information necessary for ensuring the safety of your passengers and crew. And THAT is worth far more then the cost of the survey inspection! Money well spent!
Engine Fluid Analysis
Your surveyor is also a captain and boating instructor/trainer. Capt. Janis Nazarenko has over 30 years experience on various boats with extensive structural, electrical, mechanical and operational knowledge. In addition, she has extensive prior professional experience conducting investigations and working closely with law enforcement on post-accident and fraud determination cases. Sleuthing about comes naturally, exploring and reporting on every observed oddity, nuance and necessary item you need to know!
Preparing for a Marine Survey
To prepare for your boat survey, the first priority is to have the vessel be accessible. This may include making arrangements with your marina on haul-out or launching and/or hiring a captain to operate the vessel for sea trial if you are unable to do so.
All your documentation, namely registration, documentation records, etc. should be readily available.
The vessel should be free and clear of clutter, with lockers and storage spaces unlocked and readily accessible. Hire a qualified boat mechanic for the minor removal and replacement of any parts/panels to allow for appropriate access. For wooden boats, spot removal of fasteners for corrosion inspection may be required. The surveyor will not do this.
If you are not the owner of the vessel, ensure that permission has been obtained in writing from the owner for boarding.
It’s important to note that SV Marine Surveys & Consulting is working for the hiring party – the party paying for the survey. This is the party whose interest is confidentially protected – the survey is completely exclusively yours and not shared with any other party without explicit written permission.
Survey rates vary based on a number of factors. The more variables there are, the more time consuming the inspection will be, and likewise the time it takes to prepare a thorough report.
These variables include:
The type and location of survey to be completed, the age and condition of the vessel, boat type (center consoles vs cruisers, etc), construction material, and the measured/published length overall (LOA), which includes bow pulpit and bolt-on platforms.
Rates are higher for unique, more time-consuming inspections. These include multi-deck/multi-helm vessels, repossessions, multiple hulled vessels, and vessels 20 years old and older. Some surveys may require an hourly rate rather than a flat fee or price per foot.
When considering whether or not to have a survey completed, remember that a boat is a significant financial commitment
We should add here that in almost every case the marine survey is very much the wrong place to try to save a couple of hundred bucks. A boat is a very serious investment; both your money and your life is at stake. Get the best man for the job and pay him what he is worth.
Call or complete the form below with a quote request for your specific requirements.