Port Credit Marine Surveys
& Yacht Delivery
Society of Accredited Marine Surveyors
American Boat & Yacht Council
|Preparing For a Marine Survey
The process of buying a boat can be frustrating. A few simple steps can help this part of it go a little easier.
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|The surveyor must have specific directions
to the boat. I can't tell you how many marinas
and boatyards I have wandered looking for
the right boat. Ensure the boat is where
it's supposed to be.
|If the mast is not stepped I must have specific
directions to it and it must be clearly
"It's the aluminum one on the
(among 150 others) just doesn't cut
|All keys to the engine, the cabin, the engine
room, and all lockers must be onboard.
|All ship's papers including registration
or license (Canada), documentation
registration (US) should be laid out
for the surveyor.
|All boat covers, shrink wrap should be removed
from the boat prior to surveyors arrival.
I once made a small (4" u-shaped) cut
in shrink wrap to get the HIN number. After
the deal fell through due to the survey report
I was sued by an angry owner for "destroying"
his shrink wrap.
|Remove as many personal items as possible
to facilitate access to all systems
You really want your surveyor spending his
time examining the boat, not moving piles
of "stuff" around. If two settees
and three chairs must be removed from the
vessel in order to open the engine compartment,
please have that done before the surveyor
|Have all fasteners removed from sole panels, chainplate
coverings (or any other panel) for inspection.
The surveyor will not remove screws from
the nicely varnished teak sole to inspect
the keel bolts. I can't report on that badly
decayed mast step if I can't see it.
|Ensure batteries are installed and connected.
No prudent surveyor will connect batteries
as we have no idea why they were disconnected.
|Ensure shore power is connected. No prudent
surveyor will connect shorepower. As with
the DC system we have no idea why it was
|Try to have water, fuel and waste tanks filled
as leaks are more easily detected.
|Notify marine yard ahead of time, and have
them standing by to haul and pressure
the bottom if the boat isn't already
Make sure the marina has the name and
number of the surveyor and everyone
|Have the broker or owners representative
on hand to move the boat to the lift. We
will not drive the boat.
|It is in your best interest to attend the
survey but please don't bring your friends,
kids or dogs. We simply do not have time
to continually ask people to move out of
the way to gain access to components. You
want us to focus on the job at hand without
having to move three people every time we
turn around. We do not have the authority to deny the
owners presence but it is in your best interest
that they not be present. If the owner is
present we will cordially introduce ourselves
and politely inform them that we will not
talk to them during or about the survey.
Think about it, the reasons should be obvious.
We refused to survey this