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How NOT to leave a boat before a survey!

This boat is well prepared for inspection.

 

 

How Should I Prepare for a Marine Survey?

Time and additional expense can be saved by preparing the vessel for inspection and making her more accessible.

Arrange to present a clean, shipshape boat, and have all papers and miscellaneous gear ready. If applicable, you will need to make arrangements with the marina to haul the vessel for bottom inspection, and retain a captain for sea trials. Lockers and cabin areas should be cleared of all miscellaneous gear.

The surveyor should never be asked to prepare a boat for inspection. The surveyor may request minor dismantling of interior ceilings, headliners, flooring, etc. in order to gain access to the suspected areas. Additional destructive testing of suspect areas may also be recommended. Random removal and examination of below-the-waterline fasteners on wood boats may be required. Any dismantling and re-installation of parts, as well as destructive testing, should be performed by qualified personnel and is the responsibility of the person ordering the survey and should never be carried out without written authorization from the vessel owner.

Written authorization from the owner may be needed to board the vessel.

ONCE YOU RETAIN THE SURVEYOR, HE OR SHE WORKS ONLY FOR YOU AND REPORTS TO NO ONE ELSE. THE SURVEYOR IS THERE TO PROTECT YOUR INTERESTS!

 

 

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