Pre-purchase survey

This is the most comprehensive type of inspection, and is strongly advised when purchasing a new or used vessel. Condition and overall operation of the vessel will be examined. This covers structural integrity, electrical systems, the propulsion system, the fuel system, other machinery, navigation equipment, miscellaneous on-board systems, cosmetic appearance, electronics, and overall maintenance as well as an out-of-water inspection and a sea trial.

Engine Surveys

A basic engine survey is part of the Pre-Purchase survey.  We do a thorough inspection of the outside of engine for any signs of problem. During the sea trial, we will run the engines at full rpm to determine if they meet the manufacturers specifications. Inspection during the sea trial is also performed to check for leaks, vibration and excessive temperatures.  We can provide oil sampling service as needed.

  A complete engine survey is recommended when further testing is required. Contact us for a list of engine surveyors in the area.

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

Damage survey

The surveyor can be retained by an insurance company to determine the cause of a loss and determine the extent of loss related damage and may be asked to recommend repairs, review estimates, and determine the pre-loss value of a vessel. A vessel owner can retain a surveyor for the same purposes, but for the owner’s behalf.

This type of survey is typically requested by the insurance company or owner of the vessel to determine the nature, cause and extent of damage after an accident that may include a collision, boat fire or storm damage. We will provide a written incident report, work for the insured and underwriter to recommend repairs, estimate and negotiate a fair repair cost and keep communication open between the repair yard, boat owner, third parties and insurance agent(s).

Corrosion Surveys

A corrosion survey is used to find out the cause of galvanic and/or stray corrosion on your vessel. It is also used to check the integrity of your bonding system to ensure that galvanic corrosion is kept in check.

Ultrasound/Audio Gauging

Ultrasound/Audio gauging is a non-destructive test that helps us determine the thickness of an aluminum or steel vessel.  We have the the specialized equipment necessary to determine the vessels hull thickness through non destructive methods. High frequency sound waves at different frequency’s allow us to penetrate through paint and fairing compounds to give the client accurate measurements.  Many insurance companies are now requiring this on steel/aluminum vessels.

Thermal Imaging

Thermal imaging is used in an as needed basis and can be useful to locate engine problems and excessive temperatures. Riser and manifold temperatures can be easily mapped out and compared.  Excessive heat at shore power connections can be located before the chance of failure or fire can occur. It is another tool that we can employ to ensure the vessel you are considering for purchase is safe and operating properly.

Oil Sampling/Analysis

Oil analyses can be performed on both Gas and Diesel engines, transmissions and generators to evaluate excessive internal wear (metal findings), salt content, and fuel & antifreeze in the oil. We always recommend having oil samples taken on diesel engines as it is a very good way to determine what is happening as far as wear on the engine is concerned. Oil samples are taken once the engine is warm and has enough hours on it to get a reliable sample. The sample is put in a container and sent to a laboratory for analysis. We go over the findings with the customer so they understand what the report indicates. Our turn time for samples are usually 2-4 working days.   Oil samples are charged per sample.

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