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How to prepare for a Marine Survey (for your information) 


In order to get the job done properly the marine surveyor, client and seller or seller's broker should work together to prepare the vessel for survey. Please review the following and then click on the checklist link below.


    Keys for ignition and any cabinet spaces need to be available.

    Contact numbers should be provided for the seller and buyer.

    The vessel or yacht should be as clean as possible with as many personal items removed as possible.

    Large furniture pieces need to be moved or removed to allow access to panels and hatches.

    Ship's papers need to be on board such as Documentation, Registration etc.

    Document manuals and owner's guides for the various systems and electronics should also be on board.

    Both DC and AC voltages should be available to power the various systems.

    The Boat Yard or Marina management needs to be made aware of the marine survey date and marine surveyor's name.

    If the vessel is behind a residence, the residence owner needs to be advised of the marine survey date and marine surveyor's name.

    Other personnel such as family and friends should be limited whenever possible.

    An appointment needs to be made with the hauling yard to haul the vessel on the day of the marine survey.

    It should be known in advance if zincs or bottom cleaning are required and who will pay for them.

    A captain or the owner will be required to pilot the vessel. The marine surveyor will not pilot the vessel.

    If the weather is inclement on the day of the marine survey an alternate day should be planned.

    Marine Survey pre-checklist for getting ready is here


Typically the marine surveyor will begin the day as early as possible starting in the engine room and proceeding later to the hull, deck and interior.  The marine surveyor will ask the owner to have the vessel moved to a yard for hauling.  Some boat yards like to haul around noon so the vessel can be surveyed when the yard personnel are on lunch break. Transit time from  the vessel's slip to the marina will have to be taken into account. Once the wetted surfaces and machinery are examined the marine surveyor will then ask the owner to have the vessel put back in the water for a sea trial.



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