How Do I Choose a Marine
Anyone can title him or herself
as a Marine Surveyor and start a business.
Certain marine surveyors are permitted to
use a designation denoting membership in
accrediting organizations that require
members to meet strict professional,
technical and ethical standards.
Surveyors should provide you with a
professionally prepared report that can be
accepted by your bank and/or insurance
company. Talk with prospective surveyors
and ask questions! What does the survey
include and what type of reporting format
is used? Do they use ABYC, NFPA and USCG
standards in their surveys? How much will
the inspection cost? How long will the
on-board inspection take?
A thorough inspection will not be rushed
and will depend on the type of survey
required based on vessel size, equipment
and on-board systems. There may be
additional services available such as
engine surveys, oil analysis, galvanic and
stray current corrosion testing,
ultrasonic testing, moisture testing and
other non-destructive tests. There may be
additional charges for these and other
Well conducted surveys can provide good
information on the vessels' condition, but
they are not guarantees. The surveyor
reports the condition in accessible areas
only as it exists at the time of
Why Should You Have a Vessel Surveyed?
Most insurance companies
and banks will require them on older
vessels. They will need to know her
condition and fair market value in order
to finance and/or underwrite the vessel.
Knowing her condition and fair market
value before you purchase is also
important. However, the most important
reason to survey your vessel is for the
safety of the passengers and crew.
What Type of Survey Do I Need?
Marine Surveys are performed for a number
and the procedures for each vary to best
suit your needs:
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 and a sea trial.
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 inspection is performed to
gather enough information to justify or
determine the fair market value of the
vessel. This is normally needed for
financing, estate settlements, donations
and legal cases.
This is performed to assess the extent of
damage, recommend repairs, estimate repair
cost, and if requested, possible cause.
How Should I Prepare for a Marine
Time and additional expense can be saved
by preparing the
vessel for inspection and making her more
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. Random removal and
examination of below-the-waterline
fasteners on wood boats may be required.
Any dismantling and re-installation of
parts should be performed by qualified
personnel and is the responsibility of the
person ordering the survey.
Written authorization from the owner may
be needed to board and/or to remove part
of the vessel.
I Realize That You Are Based In
Atlantic Canada With Ease Of Access To
Saint John New Brunswick (NB), Halifax
Nova Scotia (NS), St. Johns Newfoundland
(NFLD), Prince Edward Island (PEI),
Maine, But Do You Take Assignments
Outside Of These Area's?
Yes CanMar Marine Surveyors Ltd. is
available to take assignments world wide.
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!