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Frequently Asked Questions

What is a marine survey?

It is a thorough examination of a marine vessel for a specific purpose.


Why do I need a survey?

A survey is usually required by your insurance company or financial institution. It will also give you a better understanding of the overall condition of the vessel.


How long does a survey take?

Depending upon the vessel’s size and circumstances, most surveys can be done in a day with a report following in 24 hours.


How Do I choose A Surveyor?

Anyone can title him or herself as a Marine Surveyor and start a business. Certain marine surveyors are permitted to use a designation denoting membership in accrediting organizations that require members to meet strict professional, technical and ethical standards.

Surveyors should provide you with a professionally prepared report that can be accepted by your bank and/or insurance company. Talk with prospective surveyors and ask questions! What does the survey include and what type of reporting format is used? Do they use ABYC, NFPA and USCG standards in their surveys?