What is a Marine Survey?
A critical examination or inspection of a marine vessel for a specific purpose; the act of ascertaining facts regarding conditions or condition of something to provide exact information especially to persons responsible or in fact interested; examination of a vessel or a part of it's cargo or equipment to determine it's condition, responsibility for damage and disposition to be made.
Surveys are carried out to the mandatory standards promulgated by the United States Coast Guard (USCG) under the authority of title 33 and 46, Code of Federal Regulations (CFRs), and the voluntary standards and recommended practices developed by the American Boat & Yacht Council (ABYC), and the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA). The marine surveyor speaks for the boat as an impartial party.
Why Retain Marine Surveyors?
A qualified Marine Surveyor can develop a realistic and dependable indication of the condition, value and associated risks of a corporate or private yacht, ship, barge or tug, or any ocean going vessel, pleasure or commercial; that the owners, buyers, insurance underwriters and financial institutions may rely upon. Modern day vessels which are constructed with high-tech materials and can no longer be surveyed and inspected by the old techniques. The older wooden hulls need a professional Marine Surveyor with extensive training and experience on wood vessel construction.