What Type of Survey Do You Need?

Pre-Purchase Survey:

  • This is the most comprehensive type of survey inspection.  It is strongly recommended when purchasing a new or used vessel.
  • The condition and overall operation of the vessel should be examined.  This coversstructural integrity, electrical systems, propulsion system, fuel system, other machinery, navigation equipment, miscellaneous onboard systems, cosmetic appearance, electronics, and overall maintenance, as well as an out-of-the-water
    inspection.

Insurance Survey:

  • 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 the intended use.  Most insurance companies require a survey on older boats.  They will also want to know the vessel’s fair market value.

Damage Inspection:

  • This inspection is performed to assess the cause, nature and extent of damage to the vessel.  An unbiased estimate evaluation is performed at the customer’s request.  Salvage consultation on-site can be performed in the event of fire or sinking.

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