What Type of Survey Do You Need?
- 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 covers
structural 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
- 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.
- This inspection is performed to assess the
cause, nature and extent of damage to the
vessel. An unbiased estimate evaluation is
sometimes performed at the customer’s
request. Salvage consultation on-site can be
performed in the event of fire or sinking.
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