When you contact a professional for a marine survey, there are key procedures that should be followed to ensure a thorough examination and assessment of the vessel has been undertaken. The type of survey you require dictates which areas of the boat will be surveyed as well as the type of information contained in your survey report.
When conducting an in-depth survey, such as a Condition and Valuation Survey, the inspection includes but is not limited to the hull, decks, superstructure, propulsion system, fuel system, electrical systems at the panel and where conductors are visible; however, tanks, equipment, fasteners, frames or anything that must be removed to expose wiring for inspection will not be checked. The entire vessel (especially the stringers, decks, transom, and hull) will be checked for delamination and wet or rotten core material. Percussive hammers are used to detect areas of core or material delamination, and a moisture meter is employed to indicate areas of trapped moisture or determine which areas are sources of moisture intrusion. To determine the status of suspect wood, a blade is used to remove paint or apply pressure to the wood in question. In your survey report, areas of concern are identified by their approximate size and location, with recommendations that may include additional inspection or repair. In spite of the in-depth nature of this survey, it is not meant to imply the sort of conditions that are blocked by liners, bulkheads, molding, false soles, or any other area that could not be revealed for visual inspection, because the survey does not include core samples or any destructive testing. To protect ship systems from damage during the survey, all battery cables should be clearly marked.
Marine surveys are important because they help to establish standards for seaworthiness and safety that prevent accidents. Before you buy or sell your next boat, or you enter the market for boat insurance, take the time to schedule a professional marine survey that meets your needs.
Christian A. Syoen is a professional marine surveyor who has been providing his expert services to boating enthusiasts in Macomb County, St. Clair County, Wayne County, and anywhere in Michigan where a buyer, seller, lender or insurer needs a thorough, impartial marine survey. Growing up in Harrison Township and Harsens Island, Christian has spent his life on the water, cruising his home waters and working his way through high school and college in local boat restoration shops and marinas. Put a lifetime of experience and passion to work for you. Call Christian A. Syoen at 1.810.531.0992 or complete the online form in the sidebar to begin with your free consultation and schedule your professional marine survey today.