Pre-Purchase Surveys are comprehensive inspections to determine the condition and value of a vessel. These are highly recommended prior to purchasing a new or used vessel. The inspection typically involves three phases: in-water, haul-out, and sea trial. This allows the surveyor to examine all key components of the vessel in order to provide you with a detailed report on the condition and value of the vessel at the time of the survey. During the survey, the vessel is inspected against recommendations and requirements of the ABYC (American Boat and Yacht Counsel), the NFPA (National Fire Prevention Association), and applicable USCG CFR (Code of Federal Regulations). A detailed report including findings is provided.
Insurance Surveys are performed so the insurance company can determine whether or not the vessel is an acceptable insurance risk. Insurance companies are primarily interested in structural integrity and safety for the vessel's intended use. They also want to know the vessel's fair market value. These surveys are similar to Pre-Purchase surveys but typically don’t include a sea trial. A haul-out may or may not be required. A detailed report is provided.
Damage Assessment and Claims Surveys focus on the areas specific to the damage/claim. They document the extent of damage and identify needed repairs and associated costs. These surveys are done on behalf of the insurer or the vessel owner. A damage inspection may be requested in the event of an insurance or warranty claim.
Quick-Look Assessments are relatively inexpensive assessments of a vessel. They provide you with some quick, objective information so you can decide if any further investment is warranted. This is particularly useful for a distant buyer who is considering the purchase of a vessel. We can typically respond to these requests very quickly and get our clients a report including observations, digital photos, and a preliminary estimate of value.
End-of-Warranty/Pre-Delivery Surveys are similar to a Pre-Purchase survey but focus on those things a manufacturer would normally be responsible for during the warranty period. These surveys are performed near the end of the manufacturer’s warranty period or prior to a final payment on a new purchase and help protect the owner from costly repairs should an otherwise covered problem or defect not be discovered until after the warranty period expires. We highly recommend this for all our customers with boats currently under warranty or are about to accept delivery of their new boat.
Marine Consulting covers a wide field and can range from helping a client determine which type of boat best meets their needs to providing expert monitoring during new boat construction or during follow-on repairs. Sometimes our clients just want an objective, totally unbiased second opinion on a particular boating issue and we’re happy to help whenever we can. You can always count on us to be working for YOU alone.
Oil Analysis of Marine Engines, Transmissions, and Generators to assess internal health of these critical systems. Though oil analysis is most valuable when used as part of an ongoing sampling and maintenance program, We can provide fluid analysis on engines, transmissions and generators as part of a Pre-Purchase Marine Survey. Beyond sampling in conjunction with marine surveys, we can also set up a tailored, ongoing testing program for our clients to monitor lubricating oils in order to determine wear of metal components and provide early detection of contaminants. We routinely test for 9 elements: 6 wear metals, and 3 contaminant metals, using state-of-the art, independent testing labs.