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Narrative  "Report Of Marine Survey"
      Written by Captain Stanley G. Konz, A.M.S.
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animated gifsMaritime Vessel Surveying, Inc. will prepare a professional Report of Marine Survey, exclusively for your vessel, which will be accepted by insurance underwriters and lending institutes worldwide.
This Report will also provide the qualified marine service yard you choose with a complete listing of any mechanical, structural, electronic or major cosmetic items that may need attention.
This document provides a general outline of the areas which are covered in the "Report of Marine Survey" provided by Maritime Vessel Surveying, Inc. To view a sample of the full report please go to top of this page.
The survey begins with a thorough examination of the exterior hull, topside, decks of the boat and below decks with a check in the bilge and engines to insure a sea trial is possible and safe.
All exposed and accessible areas of the interior of the hull and deck are inspected, with construction and
condition details noted for the report.
Accessible hull, bulkheads and structural members are carefully inspected for tells, signs of rot, delamination, or separation from the hull; the location and condition of all underwater through hull fittings and seacocks are noted for the report.
The deck surface is sounded to help determine its condition and to locate any areas of water intrusion or core moisture testing (non destructive) is also performed to provide an additional aid in determining the overall condition of the vessel.
Deck hardware,sailing gear (if applicable) and stanchions and railings are inspected and checked for secure mounting, with the results discussed in the body of the report.
Second is a Sea Trial  to test the engines, gensets under load, all mechanical and navigation systems are checked for proper operation. The sea trial is usually completed during the run to the haulout yard location depending on the logistics of the parties involved.
A through visual examination of the
hull and bottom, including compression sounding, moisture testing with non-destructive capacitance-type equipment (where applicable). Please note, anti-fouling paint must be removed for accurate readings.
Any suspect areas of the hull, whether from delamination, osmosis, rot, loose fastenings, corrosion, poor construction practices or other sources, are noted for future reference and thoroughly inspected to determine damage, cause and the extent of the damage and possible avenues for repair.
The report will contain detailed notes on the findings and recommendations regarding the discrepancies, condition, and any repairs or practices that should occur.
Photographs of the exterior and any suspect areas are also included in the report.
If applicable, the mast and rigging are inspected for visual damage, including signs of corrosion, weakened or damaged weld joints, and wire strand damage, particularly at swaged
terminal ends.
X-ray or dye testing is not performed for the survey, but may be recommended depending upon the results of the
visual inspection.
If applicable, the mast and rigging are inspected for visual damage, including signs of corrosion, weakened or damaged weld joints, and wire strand damage, particularly at swaged
terminal ends. 
If available, all sails will be visually inspected to determine their general condition and to note any significant
maintenance items.
The engine(s) is inspected externally, with an eye towards proper and safe installation, and to note any significant
damage or undue wear and tear.
Particular attention is paid to areas of common damage, such as corrosion on crucial parts, excess wear to the exhaust system, and the cooling system.
Installation standards recommended or required by ABYC, NFPA and the CFR are used in determining the suitability of
the system.
Full engine and mechanical inspections may include oil samples for a Lab analysis to insure no major internal problems or water intrusion. The analysis also serves as a relative report on an
annual basis to monitor engine condition and wear.
All other systems on board, including generators, fuel systems, DC and AC electrical systems, LPG or CNG systems, air conditioning, fresh and salt water systems and sanitation systems are thoroughly inspected during the survey, using the standards and requirements
of ABYC, NFPA and the CFR as guide-lines.
Detailed recommendations will be noted if necessary to bring these systems up to proper installation and safety standards.
Finally, the survey includes equipment listings of required safety, firefighting and distress equipment, navigational equipment, and details of required navigation lights and sound signals.
Deficiencies are often found in these areas, and listings of proper and required equipment are included in the report.
Appraised Value
The report also contains an appraisal for a market and replacement value, which covers the vessel when surveyed.
Nationwide research for comparable vessels is performed, as well as consultation with Classifieds, Brokerage and the BUC,  NADA , Powerboat, ABOS blue book and 
online appraisal guides.
The value is the surveyor's opinion of the value at the time of the survey, taking into consideration the structural and cosmeticcondition of the boat, its equipment level, and other factors, such as the local market conditions.  This value is accepted by lending institutions and insurance underwriters.
Report Style
The reporting style may be narrative or formatted, with detailed discussions on current conditions found and any recommended upgrades, repairs or systems that may be required to be to meet federal codes and requirements.
A summary of recommendations is provided at the end of the report and
is broken down into sections for
ease of determining required actions, recommended upgrades or practices, and suggested actions.

In Summary

Maritime Vessel Surveying, Inc. will be pleased provide you with our fee to provide a professional marine survey on your vessel.

Although most of our fees are standard, other factors such as size of vessel, location (outside Florida), the type of survey you desire need to be known before we can provide you with a quote.

Please contact our office if we may be of service to you:
Captain Stanley G. Konz, A.M.S.
Maritime Vessel Surveying, Inc.
If you require immediate support on your vessel, please fill out the Auto-Responder located on the  Contact Us page and we will get back to you as soon as possible.
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