This is the most comprehensive type of inspection, and is strongly advised when purchasing a new or used vessel. Condition and overall operation of the vessel should be examined. This covers structural integrity, electrical systems, the propulsion system, the fuel system, other machinery, navigation equipment, miscellaneous on-board systems, cosmetic appearance, electronics, and overall maintenance as well as an out-of-water inspection and often a sea trial.
This inspection is performed so that the insurance company can determine whether or not the vessel is an acceptable risk. They are interested in structural integrity and safety for its intended use. Most insurance companies require a survey on older boats, and new clients. They will also want to know the vessel's fair market value.
Our surveys include testing all systems and examining the structure, without taking the vessel apart. We follow ABYC, NFPA, USCG and the Code of Federal Regulations guidelines when inspecting any vessel. A written report, list of recommendations, fair market value, and photographs are furnished to the client within three (3) buisness days.
This inspection is performed to gather enough information to justify or determine the fair market value of the vessel. This is normally needed for financing, estate settlements, donations and legal cases.
This is performed to assess the extent of damage, recommend repairs, estimate repair cost, and if requested, possible cause.
Cargo Damage Surveys
Cargo damage surveying which involves inspection of containerized cargo that has been damaged in shipment. This includes both refrigerated produce and bulk commodities. We can identify the nature & extent of the damage and provide a value for salvage.
We also do a more limited inspection on a consultation basis for buyers who are narrowing down their choices. This typically involves one to two hours on the boat and comments are conveyed verbally; no report is written.
The Sea Trial is the test drive of boats! Sea-trials are typically a by-product of the pre-purchase survey if elected by the survey purchaser, however, Sea-trials can also be the function of a performance issue or an attempt to correct a performance problem.
Sea-trials are usually priced in addition to the survey because of the difference in size of the vessels and engines and complexity of systems.
The overall performance of the vessel is evaluated, which includes monitoring engines, exhaust systems, steering, controls, shafts, engine mounts, etc. The sea trial generally lasts from 30-120 minutes, depending on the size and condition of the vessel. A qualified captain must be provided to operate the vessel. My role is strictly to observe and report.