Marine Survey Services

Marine Survey Services Offered

Pre-Purchase Marine Surveys
Damage Assessments
In-Water Valuation for Insurance Coverage
Mechanical Surveys and Assessments – Gas and Diesels – Services Out Sourced by Warren’s Marine Services unless you have your own #ABYC Certified Marine Mechanic.

Types of Marine Surveys

As a used boat buyer, you need to know what you are buying before you make one of the largest purchases of your lifetime. We strive to uncover any structural or mechanical aspects of the vessel that may lead to unforeseen costly repairs and safety risks. Surveys are undertaken on new and used boats. Surveys are a valuable tool in determining condition, fair market value, and overall condition of the vessel. Banks may require a survey to determine fair market value for financing, and insurance companies will require a survey to determine underwriting decisions and damage repairs. An individual should request a marine survey to find out more about the particular vessel you are purchasing.

Pre-Purchase Survey: This is the most comprehensive inspection of a vessel. The purpose of the survey is to gather as much information about the condition of the vessel before purchase. The survey will consist of an inspection of the topsides, hull, cabin and interior that are normally accessible. A haul out and inspection of the hull bottom and running gear. An examination of the visible structural supports of the vessel. The fuel system, steering system, electrical system, sanitation system, electronics and safety equipment are inspected and tested to ascertain their operation. A sea trial is conducted to evaluate the overall performance of the vessel. A review of the vessel documentation, hull numbers, and the history of service records when available. A current market valuation and replacement valuation of the vessel will also be given.

Condition and Valuation Survey: This survey is meant to be a general overview of the vessel and its systems for insurance underwriting and financing. This type of survey is intended for use by insurance and finance companies to determine the underwriting decision of a particular vessel. This survey will not approach the level of a pre purchase survey. The primary focus is to identify the vessel, its equipment, overall condition and general value without testing full system operation. It also seeks to identify hazardous conditions that pose a safety risk to the vessel and its passengers. An assessment of vessel safety equipment as per the U.S.C.G. Federal requirements are stated.

Appraisal Survey: Is performed to gather information to justify and determine the fair market of the vessel. This survey may be used in refinancing, legal claims, an estate case or a donation to charity. The focus of this survey is limited to setting a fair market value based on the vessel systems and overall condition.

Sea Trial: A sea trial is conducted to determine that the engine operates within the manufacturers specifications. A rudimentary engine inspection is conducted. The engine is observed for wide open throttle RPMs, as recommended by the engine manufacturer. The condition of the hoses, belts, and fuel lines are observed. Motor mounts are checked and the engine is monitored for any fluid leaks. Exhaust smoke is gauged and engine temperature readings are taken. Were the manifolds and risers changed? We also check the steering, throttle and shift controls, and any other equipment that may installed on the vessel. If an engine is not performing properly or a problem is observed, a repair recommendation is made, or you will be advised to consult a manufacturer’s certified mechanic for further diagnosis.

Osmosis Testing: Is a test used to determine if excess moisture is present in areas of the hull that may not be visible to the eye. Moisture can be present without d-lamination occurring and this can pin- point potential problem areas. This type of testing may be undertaken on a vessel that shows signs of moisture intrusion around fittings, blisters, or soft spots in the transom stringers and bulkheads. However, this test is not an infallible way to test for moist areas. Many variables come into play when using a moisture meter. These include d-lamination, bottom paint, voids in the lay-up of mat and resin, water in the bilge, and the length of time the boat has been out of the water. The meter may detect moisture that can only be verified by destructive testing of the hull to verify the meter readings.

Corrosion Analysis: We can test your boat for proper bonding and adequate zinc anode protection. We can also check for stray current corrosion. Corrosion is a serious problem, and if left unchecked can deteriorate submerged metal fittings like props, lower units, and thru-hulls in a matter of days.