Marine Survey & Consulting Services

Pats' Great Lakes Boat Building School students rowing a whale boat they built, under Pat's supervision and guidance, for The Charles W. Morgan whaling ship, the last existing whaling ship in the world, after its recent restoration at the Mystic Seaport Museum in Mystic, CT.
Pats' Great Lakes Boat Building School students rowing a whale boat they built, under Pat's supervision and guidance, for The Charles W. Morgan whaling ship, the last existing whaling ship in the world, after its recent restoration at the Mystic Seaport Museum in Mystic, CT.

TYPES OF SURVEYS

  • CONDITION AND VALUE SURVEYS

    • The CV Survey is often ordered by a client who has made an offer on a vessel for purchase and needs a profession assessment to determine a detailed description of the vessels Condition and a Valuation based on fair market price. This survey will assess the Condition of the vessel; list both its positive attributes and any deficiencies that require attention. Market value is determined by the overall condition, cost of repairs and comparison of similar boats recently sold. A C/V Survey can be a requirement for a financial institution or insurance underwriter to determine if the boat is a good risk.
    • Only an Out of Water Survey should be considered for a pre-purchase C/V Survey. The underwater portion of the hull requires a full and careful inspection along with a close inspection of the running gear; shafts, struts, rudders and bearing. 
    • Different hull materials require different assessment methods. For a wooden boat the inspection of the hull is accomplished through nondestructive methods of, visual observation, sounding with a hammer and probing suspect areas with a tool. I f I think it necessary I will remove plank fastenings to determine the type, condition of the metal and size of the fastener. The hull is inspected on both exterior and the interior as access allows. 
    • Fiberglass hulls are inspected with methods similar to wood boats. Delamination can be determined by sounding and visual observation. A common problem on many fiberglass boats is blistering, this may require probing to determine the extent of the damage. 
    • Metal hulls; aluminum, iron and steel, are inspected through visual and sounding  but may also require the services of an Autogauging  expert if there is a question as to the plate thickness of older iron boats.
    • The spars, sails and rigging will be visually inspected on sail boats.
    • The electrical and mechanical systems are inspected and assessed in accordance to American Boat and Yacht Committee (ABYC) standards and Code of Federal Requirements (CFRs).
    • Safety equipment is inventoried and condition noted as per ABYC and CFR.
    • Sea trails are generally not part of the survey but if the owner has agreed to perform a sea trial I can accompany as an observer at an additional fee. 
    • The FINDINGS AND RECOMMENDATIONS  section lists the deficiencies found and the recommended repairs.
  • The C/V survey will contain these important components:
    • Vessel Documentation and specifications
    • Vessel description
    • Overall condition of vessel including cosmetic condition and up-keep.
    • Structural condition.
    • Electrical inventory and condition.
    • Mechanical inventory and condition.
    • Saftey equipment on board (CFR).
    • Inspection of interior and amenities.
    • Findings and Recommendations.
    • Valuation.

 

  • INSURANCE UPDATES

    • An Insurance underwriter may require periodic inspections of their clients boat to keep up-to date records of condition and value. They may require an out-of –water survey depending on when the last survey was done or an in-water survey may suffice and can be done if ordered. 

 

  • DAMAGE ASSESSMENTS

    • Any time a vessel is involved in an accident or is otherwise damaged,  an inspection should be ordered. This will be similar to the C/V survey with addition information to determine the cause of the accident and extent of the resulting damage. A cost estimate for the repairs, usually from a qualified shipwright, may be included. 

 

  • TYPES OF VESSEL SURVEYED

    • Small craft and yachts of any size
    • Wooden boats of traditional construction
    • Wooden boats of modern wood/epoxy construction; cold molded, plywood, strip plank
    • Fiberglass boats
    • Historic craft of any size
    • Sailing craft
    • Motor Yachts

RESTORATION AND REPAIR 

It is rarely the case when a used boat is purchased that the new owner does not required some work to be done. This may be to correct structural or cosmetic deficiencies or to up- grade an older interior or mechanical systems. 

As a professional with over fourty years experience building, repairing and maintaining many types of craft I can help develop a plan that meets both the needs of the boat and the budget of the owner. Included are:

    • PRIORITIZE DEFICIENCIES
    • MAKE RECOMMENDATIONS FOR  PROPER REPAIRS
    • CONSULT WITH REPAIR YARD/PERSON
    • FOLLOW UP / UPDATE SURVEY