Port Credit Marine Surveys
& Yacht Delivery

Society of Accredited Marine Surveyors

American Boat & Yacht Council®

Don't expect any surveyor to survey
boats like those pictured above

Before you hire us (or any marine surveyor)...

Anyone considering my services should first review the information shown below and read one of my sample marine survey reports to understand exactly what I do and do not.
Prior to confirming your surveywe require the following information.
- your name.

- your mailing and e-mail addresses.
- phone number.
- make and model of vessel.
- license number or registered name on vessel and HIN (Hull Identification Number).
- specific location of vessel and mast if not stepped.
- access... keys on board ?
- owner or broker name and contact information
for permission to board.

Vessel preparation -
Ships papers to be on board and laid out for inspection. ie.Vessel license or Ships Registry
- we do not remove shrink wrap or tarpaulins. Please have them removed prior to my arrival.
- we do not move masts from racks or remove their wrappings. Please make them ready prior to my arrival.
- we do not install or connect batteries. Please have installed and connected prior to my arrival.
- we do not connect shore power or carry a generator to supply shore power. Please arrange prior to my arrival.
- we do not move vast quantities of gear from the vessel to gain access. Please have this done before I arrive.
- wedo not use tools to gain access to any area including bilge compartments, chainplates or lockers.

It is absolutely critical that all areas of the vessel are made readily accessible for the surveyor including but not limited to mast steps, grid frames chain plates and other structural elements under the sole panels. Please have all fasteners that may restrict access, removed prior to my arrival. eg. sole panel screws.
None of these critical deal killers would have been sighted if the fasteners had not been removed from the sole panels !!!
Sails .... are not normally included in a survey due to the difficulty of one person laying them out in a muddy parking lot however I'll be happy to inspect sails if you arrange to have them laid out for me.

In short it is critical that the vessel be ready for inspection when I arrive as the vessel will be surveyed "as found".

Frozen boats ..... Come January and February I need the work and of course it is up to you however, I strongly recommend against surveying frozen boats. Percussive soundings and moisture meter readings (and perhaps the surveyor) are unreliable in below zero conditions. All boats should be above 0c for a minimum of three days. prior to survey and boats with cored hulls should be above freezing for several more days.

During survey ..... Boats are complex animals and the last thing you want is a distracted surveyor. It's in your best interest to be present but in my perfect world the client would show up at the end of the survey to go over my findings. While I am happy to provide a general verbal assessment please remember that the survey is not over until the report is written as I will have much to mull over prior to putting it on paper.

Your marine survey report .... will be issued before midnight same day as inspection for local surveys i.e. between Niagara-on-the-Lake and Pickering and south of Barrie. Outside of this area but within Southern Ontario reports will be issued before midnight next day. Out of province reports will be issued within 12hrs of returning to my desk. Reports are sent in a locked pdf. format that you may read but not print. Once payment is received (e-transfer, cheque or cash only) a printable copy will be forwarded to you.

Your report may be used as a sample of my work ( all identifying information removed ) unless you object, send me an e-mail and I will not use it.