Marine Survey Services in the Panhandle
A pre-purchase survey is a thorough inspection of the vessel’s structural integrity, system’s installation, and operating condition, as well as performance. A comprehensive report is issued which includes an equipment list and detailed list of deficiencies and recommendations. Replacement and market values [in US dollars] are assigned to the vessel. Most lending institutions and insurance companies require a 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 should 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. On some occasions, a sea trial is included, but at extra cost. An appraisal of the vessel’s fair market value and replacement cost is included.
Insurance surveys are conducted to determine marine risk and value of a vessel, and are often used for re-insurance of vessel. 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.
This assessment is usually conducted concurrent to the above survey. The vessel is taken out to sea to obtain information on it’s suitability for it’s intended use and also to test how well the engines function under load, how well they are attached to the vessel, to check that the shafting turns true, that there is no leakage from engines, stern glands or rudder glands, check engines running temperatures under load and for hot spots, check the exhaust systems are tight, check for undue vibration of the engines or running gear, and to observe the exhaust product of the engines, etc…
At that time we check the vessel’s instrumentation to see how well gauges function, and get some idea of their accuracy. At that time we can measure the actual RPM against instrument readouts. Analog gauges have a tendency to be accurate over a narrower range than digital ones. A check is made to see how well the generators carry load demands, how well the batteries respond to engine starting and auxiliary loads etc. and how well they hold their charge.
As a buyer, and during these trials, you may want to consider if the vessel provides you with the degree of comfort and amenities that you and your family or friends want. This Report usually forms a part of the Condition & Valuation Survey, if they are conducted at the same time.
Checks for water and fuel contamination on all engine samples. Elemental analysis indicates, in parts per million (ppm), the amount of wear on engine components and also gives indication of the additives element levels (Calcium, Magnesium, Phosphorus, and Zinc).
Samples are drawn from engines while hot and sent to an Oil Analysis Laboratory to determine quantity & identity of metals in suspension. An opinion is offered on what course of action, if any, should be taken.