society of accredited marine surveyors (sams AMS #1158)

                                                     

                                                                          

​PREPARING THE BOAT

    A THOROUGH SURVEY REQUIRES EVERY AREA AND SYSTEM OF THE BOAT TO BE OBSERVED.  HAVE EVERY COMPARTMENT AS CLEAR OF EXTRA GEAR AS POSSIBLE AND READY TO BE ACCESSED.  LESS TIME MOVING GEAR OR CLEARING LOCKERS MEANS MORE TIME WHERE IT COUNTS ... INSPECTING THE BOAT AND WORKING WITH YOU TO PROVIDE AS THOROUGH A REVIEW OF THE VESSEL'S STRUCTURE, SYSTEMS, AND CONDITION AS POSSIBLE.

HAUL OUT YARD

    ITS USUAL FOR THE BUYER TO ORGANIZE AND PAY FOR THE SHIPYARD TO HAUL A VESSEL FOR THE HULL INSPECTION.  COMPARE AND CONTRAST THE VARIOUS YARDS IN YOUR AREA.  AT A MINIMUM ASK FOR AN "IN AND OUT" HAUL DURING TH LUNCH HOUR ...  IT'LL GIVE US ALITTLE MORE TIME TO INSPECT THE HULL AND RUNNING GEAR ... AND DISCUSS ANY CONCERNS OR ISSUES.  ALSO, CONSIDER NEGOTIATING TO TAKE THE TIME FOR A COMPLETE PRESSURE WASH AND TIME TO REPLACE ANY NEEDED ZINCS.

BE AVAILABLE ...

WHILE A SURVEY TAKES A GOOD DEAL OF "PRIVATE" TIME FOR A SURVEYOR TO CONCENTRATE ON THE BOAT ... ITS A GREAT HELP TO HAVE YOU ABOARD TO HELP PREPARE A COMPARTMENT OR MOVE SOME GEAR.  ALSO, BEING AVAILABLE TO OBSERVE ANY AREAS OF CONCERN OR DISCUSS OPTIONS GIVES YOU A MORE THOROUGH APPRAISAL OF THE BOAT.

SOME PRE-SURVEY TASKS 

     MAKE SURE THAT YOU HAVE ALL DOCUMENTATION ON HAND ... VESSEL REGISTRATION, USCG DOCUMENTATION IF APPLICABLE, DECK LOG, ENGINE MAINTENANCE RECORD, PRIOR SURVEYS ... AND ANY OTHER DOCUMENTATION OF REPAIRS OR ADDITIONS THAT YOU'D LIKE CONSIDERED AND VERIFIED WITHIN THE BODY OF THE SURVEY.  IF YOU'RE WORKING WITH A BROKER OR PRIVATE PARTY FOR A PRE-PURCHASE SURVEY, ASK THEIR ASSISTANCE IN GATHERING THE INFORMATION FOR THE VESSEL YOU'RE CONSIDERING.​



Thomas K. Rose - Marine Survey & Consulting Inc