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My clients are encouraged to attend the survey and to receive a private on-site consultation immediately afterward. The duration of the survey will vary depending on the size and condition of the vessel and the complexity of her systems. Proper advance planning and good communication between all parties will produce an effective survey and help prevent the need for additional visits.
- Preparation for Survey -
To ensure an effective and comprehensive survey we strongly advise our clients to make arrangements to prepare the vessel for survey and have all the ship's papers and maintenance records available. Please make sure the vessel is clean and that AC/DC power is available.
It is important that reasonable access to all the vessel’s systems be arranged prior to survey. This may require temporary removal of all loose, personal, and other gear stowed in lockers, lazarettes and compartments. (Sails, anchors, tools, inflatables, maintenance products, canvas, personal effects, etc.) On some vessels access to the machinery spaces may be limited by carpet or heavy furniture. These items must be moved prior to the survey to allow reasonable access.
- Non-Destructive Testing -
No portion of the vessel is examined that requires the disassembly of any structure or machinery. All testing and examinations are of a non-destructive and non-invasive nature, although we may recommend disassembly or additional testing based on our observations. If needed, more invasive examinations can be conducted during the survey and will only proceed with the full knowledge and permission of the owner or his representative. Such services will be carried out by a qualified technician with our surveyor in attendance.
- Vessel Operation -
Please note that our surveyor will not start or operate any machinery or equipment including propulsion engines, generators, stoves, heaters, etc. The owner or owner's representative will be expected to operate the vessel, and all other machinery or equipment as requested, deliver the vessel to and from the yard for haul-out, and perform captain duties during the sea-trial.
- Haul Out -
Our client is responsible for making the arrangements for yard services such as vessel haul-out, bottom washing, and blocking, if necessary. Hull bottoms and underwater gear must be washed and cleaned of marine growth if excessive. Most marine yards require payment at the time of haul-out. We are familiar with many of the yards in the area and will gladly provide you with recommendations and help arrange the logistics.
- Valuation/Appraisal -
Valuation of a vessel is determined by several factors, including: vessel condition, BUC and YachtWorld databases, surveyor's knowledge, experience and research, and marketplace considerations that affect fair market value.
- The Report -
Three to five business days after the survey a detailed report of survey and valuation that includes digital photography is sent to our client electronically as a PDF. This time is required to allow our surveyor to review the inspection findings, conduct research or make additional inquiries or consultations, as necessary. Additionally, the prospective purchaser should allow for some time to receive, review and digest the report, and consult with our surveyor, or anyone else, if desired.
Our Reports and Appraisals are guaranteed to be accepted by all major lenders and insurers and are submitted without bias.
- Third Party Opinions -
Before conducting a Buyer's Pre-Purchase Survey, depending on vessel size and value, we may suggest that our client consider a simultaneous Engine/Mechanical Survey by an independent factory authorized mechanic.
Based on specific findings during survey we sometimes advise our clients to consult a third-party specialist to further investigate and diagnose a particular on-board system that raises our concern.