The pre purchase survey is the most comprehensive type of inspection and is advised when purchasing a used or new vessel.   What the surveyor does and  how it is done has a lot to do with his or her observational skills, experience and professional method of work.

Once I receive an assignment I spend time researching various sources to determine the history of the boat  model and any published  potential problems with the model.

On the scheduled day of the  inspection, I spend four to five hours (for a typical 30-40 ft. vessel) on the boat.

  • The boat  is inspected and evaluated for structural integrity both in and out of the water.
  • The condition  of  the electrical,  plumbing,  and mechanical systems,  fuel tanks, and all other equipment is inspected.
  • Compliance with U. S. Coast Guard  safety  regulations is  checked.
  • If a sea trial is performed  this could add at least another hour.

The following day I will spend four to five hours writing up the survey report. I strive to deliver the final report as a .pdf  file within 24 hours of the completion of the field work.  Insurance and lenders accept pre purchase surveys since they are the most comprehensive survey