|My Marine Surveyor
Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Call: 954 627-4093
|Frank W. Campbell
USCG Licensed Master
Principal Marine Surveyor
|Over 20 years surveying and 35 years hands on marine experience.|
Based in Florida, we provide World Wide Service.
This is probably the most important survey we conduct at Mymarinesurveyor, because not only is this a major financial purchase, your safety, security, and peace of mind is at stake. In order to make an informed buying decision, you are going to need to have a professional surveyor look at your boat or vessel. Otherwise you're going into the purchase blind and uninformed. Insurance companies are, more likely than not, going to require a current marine survey, before insuring the boat.
The pre-purchase survey will determine if the boat being purchased has any major problems. That can certainly be a game changer. Especially this concerns your decision to proceed with making this purchase. It also assists banking and financial institutions with the level of financing they will extend to the buyer.
A pre-purchase survey involves a comprehensive and complete, non-invasive inspection of the vessel governed by strict industry standards. This inspection will include, but not limited to, the inspection of the hull, above and below the waterline, inspection of decks, superstructure, fly bridges, structural integrity of the bulkheads and stringers.
Your engines systems or propulsion system, are visually inspected to determine the condition of hoses, hose clamps, belts, oil pans, and engine mounts. The propulsion system, transmission, coupling, shaft, outdrive, propellers, rudders and related fixtures are inspected for damage or signs of galvanic corrosion. Fuel systems, including fuel fill, tanks, fuel hoses and hose connections are visually inspected.
Your entire electrical system, both DC current and AC current, is visually inspected and tested to determine their compliance to current safety standards as well as their operational status. On board systems such as generators and air conditioning systems, are tested when applicable and if possible. Navigation equipment and other marine electronics are and inspected and operated. The general cosmetic appearance and overall maintenance are inspected and the condition is part of the Marine Surveyors report. A Sea Trial, (highly recommended), is conducted to observe and report on the overall performance of the vessel. An engine oil survey, (recommended), should be conducted to look for abnormal internal engine wear. Even a brand new boat will show signs of metal in the oil. Question is, is it excessive? This is not a substitute for a complete engine survey conducted by a marine mechanic. Any abnormal conditions observed during the sea trial are noted in the report.
On sailing vessels, the standing rigging and running rigging is inspected from deck level. Sails are inspected either while installed on the rig or in the sail bags, where possible to determine the general condition and age of the sails. This is not a substitution for sails to be inspected by a competent sail loft. Whenever possible, sails should be set during the sea trial to ascertain their condition and performance.
The Condition and Valuation Survey, (Insurance Survey)
When your insurance company or financial institution requests a survey on your vessel, they are usually asking for the purpose of getting an updated condition and value of your boat. The information contained in the survey report is used by them to determine the overall risks of providing insurance coverage and provides them with an updated value based on the current condition of the boat. A condition and valuation survey is not intense as other types of surveys and is often times performed while the boat is afloat or on land. However, many insurance companies may require an out-of-water inspection.
A sea trial is typically not performed during this type of survey and engines are not usually started. The hull, decks superstructure and interior are visually inspected and it's general condition as well as any deficiencies or abnormal conditions will be noted. General housekeeping and cosmetic condition are also noted in the survey report. Machinery is visually inspected to determine the condition of hoses, clamps, belts, engine mounts and other accessory parts of the engine. The drive train including the shaft, outdrive, propeller and other related underwater machinery are inspected for damage or sign of corrosion. Tankage and fuel lines are inspected, where accessible.
Electrical system is visually inspected as accessibility permits. Electrical appliances are powered up, when possible. The operating condition of safety equipment such as bilge pumps and engine blowers are checked. Storage batteries are inspected with particular attention paid to the installation. Sailboat rigging is inspected from deck level, although sails are not inspected. Coast Guard required safety equipment is inspected and reviewed for its condition and suitability.
This type of inspection occurs to review and document the extent of the damage incurred to a vessel when an insurance claim has been made by the vessel owner. The insurance company or claims administrator will retain My Marine Surveyor® to assist in processing the claim. We review the repair estimates to verify the costs are fair and customary for the required repairs and if possible, determine the "cause of loss".
This type of inspection is performed to determine or justify the current fair market value of the subject vessel. Appraisal surveys are needed for financing purposes as well as donation of boats to non-profit organizations. Estate settlements and legal cases are other instances for Appraisal Surveys.
|Expert Witness Services
This is when an insurance company, government agency, Federal or State Courts, prosecutors, or defense attorneys in a marine related case, request the professional opinion of an expert witness. I have testified, as a professional expert witness, in multi-million dollar marine civil and criminal cases in both Federal and State courts of Florida, including as a past member of the United States Coast Guard. I am available to do so at any time requested. Please contact our office for rates as it is predicated upon depth and length of the case at hand.
We, at Mymarinesurveyor.com, have delivered yachts and boats for over 26 years. All our deliveries are conducted by seasoned, Licensed US Coast Guard Maritime personnel only, in a timely, professional and cost conscious manner. The old adage of, "you get what you pay for", certainly is applicable here. Our personnel hold Master Mariner Licenses ranging from 100 ton to 3000 ton Masters. Give us a call and we can give you a comprehensive estimate of the cost your vessel delivery.
Installed September 7, 2016, Last Revised May 10, 2020 - Hosted and maintained by Don Robertson