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American Society of Appraisers
ASA
Senior Member


NAMS
Certified Marine Surveyor

 


THE PRE-PURCHASE SURVEY

BEFORE YOU BUY A BOAT

Whether you are looking at a used boat or one fresh out of the factory, the time for a survey is before you buy. My job is to help you find the right boat for your specific needs. Do you dream of cruising the Caribbean, transiting the Atlantic, living aboard your own floating home, gunk holing in calm waters, game fishing, weekend cruising with the family, dropping a line in the lake, or yacht club racing? Whatever your yachting dream, you need the right boat for the job. Your yacht, whether it is 20' or 150', sail or power, wood or fiberglass should fulfill your dream. It must be safe, sound, and seaworthy . I can be of help even before you choose the yacht you think you want. Call me early, let’s talk about what you think you want. An experienced surveyor can help you focus your search. There is no charge for telephone consultations.

I will work closely with you, your broker, and the vessel owner throughout the process. The surveyor you hire should work as part of that team to insure that the boat is safe, seaworthy, right for your needs, and properly priced. And I will stick with you until that boat is yours. You don’t need any surprises after you have accepted delivery.

I provide thorough and professional inspection of the vessel checking the construction, condition, systems, machinery, equipment, and appointments; and I will go along on your sea trial and work with your engine surveyor to insure proper operation of engines and machinery.

I bring years of experience to the job and research the vessel before I ever see it. I have developed a thorough data base and library over the years and look back in my own archives to identify possible problem areas with the make and model vessel you are looking at.

I encourage you to be there at time of survey. You can learn a great deal about the boat by observing and asking questions. If you cannot be there, be assured that I will call you as soon as I can to talk over my findings; and I will certainly call you during the survey if I should discover a significant problem so that you can decide whether to continue or stop the survey immediately.

The vessel should be hauled for survey so that I can thoroughly examine the lower hull and underwater hardware. It can be “short hauled for survey” and need not be blocked in the yard.

You need to be aware that moisture testing of a fiberglass hull is not reliable unless the vessel has been out of the water long enough to dry out – a period of up to 10 days. Otherwise, the meter is likely to read moisture trapped in the bottom paint. Be assured that moisture related problems and delamination usually can be determined by sounding and visual examination.

Should there be significant issues with the vessel, I will work with you to determine the appropriate corrective action and the probable cost involved.

Following survey I will provide my written narrative report promptly describing conditions found with clearly detailed recommendations to correct deficiencies, update equipment, and meet current standards. My report includes an appraisal of the current market value of the vessel based on its condition as found and on the current market. I am always available should you have questions.

Your survey report is confidential to you, and I will not forward it to anyone other than you without your express authorization. There is no extra charge, however, for sending copies to your insurance or financial underwriter should you request that I do so.

BUYING A USED BOAT

You’ve decided you don’t want a new boat. You’ve done your homework; we’ve discussed your needs; and you think you have found the right boat at the right price. The Marine Surveyor you hire should work as part of your team to insure that the boat is safe, seaworthy, right for your needs, and properly priced. You don’t need any surprises after you have accepted delivery.

I provide thorough and professional inspection of the vessel, checking the construction and condition of hull, decks, superstructure, hardware, systems, machinery, equipment, and appointments; and I will go along on your sea trial and work with your engine surveyor to insure proper operation. I will review maintenance records as far as possible, and we help to arrange mechanical inspections and engine surveys as necessary. At time of survey I will discuss my findings with you and answer your questions. You will have my written narrative report within days which will clearly describe my findings and my recommendations to correct deficiencies, update equipment, and meet current standards. I do not simply provide you with a check list – you can get that from the seller’s listing. I test, inspect, evaluate in as much detail as necessary. My report includes an appraisal of the current market value of the vessel based on its current condition and market conditions; and, should there be significant structural problems, I will work with you to determine the appropriate corrective action and the probable cost involved so that you can make an informed decision..

I will plan to work with you for at least one full day, and I am always available should you have questions.

 

BUYING A NEW BOAT

Again, my job is to help you find the right boat for you. Even new boats may have problems resulting from design, manufacture, materials, workmanship, and quality control. A pre-delivery survey sets a baseline for future warranty issues, and assures what you are delivered is what you ordered.

 

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