buying a boat and I need a survey. What can I expect?
is to go through the vessel very systematically looking not only at
the structural condition of the vessel but also system installations
noting if the systems comply with currently accepted standards set up
by the United States Coast Guard, American Boat and Yacht Council and
the National Fire Protection Agency. We also test all equipment for
function and note cosmetic condition of the vessel.
boats should be surveyed?
are buying a boat, you will benefit from having it surveyed. Period.
We survey large cruising boats, fishing boats, racing boats as well
as small daysailers and runabouts. We also survey new boats but find
it most effective if the boat is used for a season and surveyed before
the warranty expires.
boat is in the water. Do I need to have it hauled?
highly recommend having the boat hauled so the bottom can be inspected.
the cost of the haul-out included in your fee?
or your broker will need to make arrangements directly with the yard.
Payment is due at the time of the haul-out in most cases.
you inspect the engine?
inspect the engine installation and all the systems associated with
the engine including the fuel, exhaust, cooling, electrical, shafts,
couplings, stuffing boxes, and transmissions. We visually check the
fluids for contaminates and level. Ideally, we like to attend the seatrial
to observe the engine, checking gauge values relative to rpms, rpms
relative to speed, smoke production, vibration and engine integrity
you do compression tests?
do not. A factory authorized mechanic comes better equipped to perform
compression tests on your specific engine. A separate engine survey
is often cost effective. We can advise you on that.
operates the vessel during a seatrial?
with the broker or the owner to operate the vessel so we can concentrate
on inspecting the vessel's performance underway.
long does the survey take?
time to survey the vessel depends on the size of vessel, the amount
of equipment installed and the additional gear stowed aboard that must
be moved. The average time for a 40' vessel is from 4 hours to a full
quickly can I get the report back after the survey is performed?
report is usually ready to be sent out two to three days after the survey
inspection is completed. The report will be sent via email in Adobe®
Portable Document Format (PDF). If you need a copy of the report sent
to you via snail mail, please let us know at the time of the survey
inspection. We do offer Express Service for an additional fee.
information will be in the report?
survey report on a 35' to 40' vessel normally consists of 25 to 30 pages
of information, detailing the findings as we go through the vessel section
by section. The replacement cost and fair market value are included.
At the end of the report, you will find the repairs and corrections
section divided into three categories; Essential, Required and Desirable.
This allows you, the finance company and the insurance company to easily
evaluate the condition of the vessel.
business is unregulated. Anyone can print up business cards and call
himself/herself a marine surveyor. In selecting a marine surveyor, it
is important to check his/her qualifications and reputation by consulting
people in the marine industry and other boat owners.
far do you travel to survey a boat?
prepared to go anywhere a buyer is willing to send us. We have conducted
surveys as far north as Maine, as far south as Antigua, as far east
as Spain and as far west as San Francisco. It may not always be cost
effective, however, we are willing to work with you on the cost.
is your cost?
vary depending on the size of the vessel. Please refer to our Rates
page. Travel within the Annapolis area is included; however, there
is an additional fee for travel outside the local area. We do offer
a day rate for vessels further away to make it more cost effective for
all surveyors inspect and report the same information?
not! There is no standard requirement for surveying a vessel or for
reporting the information. HARTOFT MARINE SURVEY, LTD. strives to give
you the most comprehensive inspection and report in the industry. We
want you to know everything there is to know about the condition of
the vessel you are planning to buy.