Certified Marine Surveying Service
Captain Rickey Hughes has owned a boat since he was 15, and he has been working in the Marine Industry for over 40 years. His experience in the marine industry, his qualifications of being a Master Marine Surveyor, and a USCG Captain Master License, will ensure you receive a thorough survey to help guide you through the purchase process of a vessel or to provide to your insurance company.
Why Should I Have a Marine Survey Performed?
A thorough professional survey can provide you with relevant information on a vessel’s condition. Why hire a surveyor? A professional surveyor will provide objective opinions through experienced eyes. Buying a boat is emotional. People tend to fall in love with the prospect of a new car, house; a boat is no different. Love may be blind, but a surveyor should be working for you with their eyes wide open. Most banks and insurance underwriters require a survey on older or larger vessels. They will want to know the condition and fair market value to ensure or finance your boat. The most important reason to survey your vessel, however, is for the safety of your passengers and crew.
Marine Survey Services
We strongly recommend a pre-purchase inspection, which is the most comprehensive type of inspection we offer and is an essential part of the process of purchasing a new or used marine vessel. We will carefully examine the condition and overall operation of the vessel. Oil samples of the mechanical equipment are recommended at a minimum to determine the state of the equipment. We highly recommend an independent engine inspection by a qualified marine mechanic.
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 the vessels’ intended use. Most insurance companies require a survey of older boats. They will also want to know the vessels’ fair market value.
An appraisal 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.
A damage inspection is performed to assess the extent of damage to your marine vessel, recommend repairs, estimate repair cost, and, if requested, the probable cause.