A marine surveyor, also sometimes referred to as a “Yacht & Small Craft Surveyor,” a “Hull & Machinery Surveyor,” or a “Cargo Surveyor,” is merely the official title for a person responsible for conducting in-depth surveys that thoroughly inspect/examine vessels to determine and document a boat’s condition.
In order to actually become a professional marine surveyor, one must train hard by taking various correspondence classes, apprenticing with other marine surveyors, or otherwise have extensive prior nautical knowledge and experience. Not because there are any national/international licensing requirements to claim the position, but merely for the fact that being a marine surveyor is a difficult job that requires significant technical insight. Most marine surveyors even have an intimate understanding of every different kind of ship’s electrical and mechanical systems, as well as their designs and constructions, to ensure they can easily spot any systemic issues or design flaws that may not otherwise be visible to those without the proper training.
What Exactly Do Marine Surveyors Do?
Though every marine surveyor, like every vessel, is different, most still cover the same general checklist when performing surveys. For the most part, the entire hull is inspected inside and out for excess moisture, delamination, stress cracking, and any other significant signs of damage. The deck and hull/deck joints are examined for structural concerns, rot, and other issues. Even all electrical/fuel/exhaust, and steering systems will also be checked, as will the engine and other mechanical components. Basically, your marine surveyor will scrutinize every inch of your vessel inside and out as best they can to look for any signs of damage or distress that could cause you concern later on. Once the thorough assessment is complete, everything is documented in detail and outlined in an official report, known as a marine survey.
Why Would You Even Need A Marine Surveyor?
Marine surveyors are most commonly called upon when someone is interested in buying, selling, or insuring a ship. Condition and Valuation Surveys, for example, are general inspections that help buyers determine the investment potential of a vessel before purchase; similar to Verification of Stated Condition Surveys, which are utilized mostly by people looking to purchase a boat remotely and can’t verify whether or not the seller is being honest about the ship’s condition. Insurance and Financial Surveys help insurance companies determine overall risks and values of vessels for accurate claim information. And of course, no seller would dare try to sell a vessel without first authenticating their asking price with an Appraisal Survey!
Looking for a marine surveyor to swoop in and protect your best interests? Choose Christian A. Syoen, lead marine surveyor and founder of CAS Marine Surveyor, today! To schedule a survey for your own vessel, or one you’re going to purchase, reach out to Christian A. Syoen of CAS Marine Surveyor today by calling 1.810.531.0992 or fill out the form in the sidebar to schedule your free consultation.