Boats of all sizes undergo a marine survey. Global Marine Surveyors have served vessel owners, purchasers, insurance companies and others for 50 consecutive years.
We encourage your participation and prefer you attend during the on-board portion of the survey.
Helping you learn everything possible about a particular vessel is our main goal.
All of our surveys are conducted in accordance with ABYC, The American Boat and Yacht Council.
We offer many types of marine surveys including pre-purchase, insurance update, pre-sale, donation and estate settlement.
Pre-Purchase Survey: A Pre-Purchase Survey is a very thorough and detailed inspection of the vessel and includes structural, electrical, fuel systems, navigation equipment, rigging, propulsion, etc. During a Pre-Purchase Survey the vessel is most always hauled from the water for bottom inspection. The hull is inspected and sounded to insure there are no structural defects. Also inspected are propellers, shafts, struts, rudders and attached accessories.
Whenever a lender is involved in the purchase process this type of survey is almost always required.
Insurance Update Survey: After you have owned your vessel for several years your insurance company will notify you to schedule a survey for insurance renewal purposes. This is now required to ensure the vessel condition is sound. Sometimes the insurance carrier will allow an in-water Survey, however most often an out-of-water inspection is required. Items inspected are similar to that of a Pre-Purchase Survey, with particular emphasis on structural condition of the vessel. Safety items are also carefully scrutinized. This type of survey is usually required every four or five years. Older wooden boats are often done every three years.
Pre-Sale Survey: Anyone considering selling their boat should strongly consider having a Pre-Sale Survey conducted. This is done using the same guidelines as a Pre-Purchase survey; however, it is conducted prior to placing the vessel up for sale. Its importance cannot be overlooked as it gives you, the seller, a heads-up prior to selling your boat. If there are any deficiencies, you will want to know them before a buyer arrives. They can then be attended to prior to the purchaser’s Surveyor arriving.
Donation: This survey is conducted prior to gifting your vessel to a non-profit organization. This is often done for tax write-off benefits and is more of an appraisal for general value. When donating your vessel keep in mind that IRS requires the Surveyor sign a IRS provided form. Prior to having the inspection and valuation, contact your local IRS office and get a form. Then you can have it available when your Surveyor arrives.
Estate Settlement: This type of survey is provided to establish a fair market value for a vessel and is generally required in cases of probate.
We provide the following surveys for commercial vessels
- Condition and Valuation
- Owner and Buyer Representation
- Marine Consulting
- Damage / Loss
- New Construction
- On / Off Charters
- Trip and Legal Proceedings
The types of Vessels we survey:
- Commercial and Charter Fishing
- Dinner Boats
- Ferries (Passenger and Car)
- Offshore and Shoreside Facilities
- Motor Yachts
- Sail and other pleasure craft
We specialize in:
NDT (Non-Destructive Testing, Ultrasound) — Hull Condition – Moisture Content Testing – Structural Integrity and Digital Photography