“One should always say what one sees. Moreover, and often more difficult, one should always see what one sees.”
Jean-Yves Girard (b. 1947)
Why a Survey?
We provide comprehensive surveys of many types of marine vessels and structures, in particular of pleasure yachts for commercial and private use. There are many reasons for their survey. Foremost, parties with a vested interest in a particular vessel may need a “disinterested” thus an objective fact determination and, furthermore, an opinion about a vessel’s sea worthiness, her condition or about repairs to her. A surveyor may also be required as an expert witness in court cases involving incidents or lawsuits. We provide all that support to parties with a legitimate interest in a marine vessel.
Pre-Purchase Condition Survey
A pre-purchase survey is the most comprehensive type of inspection, and is strongly advised to buyers when purchasing a new or used boat. Condition and operation of the boat is examined in detail. Points covered, amongst many others, are structural integrity, electrical systems, the propulsion system, the fuel system, other machinery, navigation equipment, miscellaneous on-board systems, cosmetic appearance, electronics, and overall maintenance. Inspection at drydock and an extensive sea trial with data gathering is part of this survey.
Valuations and valuation surveys and investigations are everyday tasks in the yacht business and are part of our range of services. Our valuation surveys are based on current valuation algorithms and on our own market observations and meet the requirements of accepted legal practice. Clients may request a surveyor to carry out a valuation survey for pre-purchase purposes, for insurance or for finance when the client needs to verify the value to satisfy a third party (the insurance company or the bank), for his own curiosity or for legal reasons (dispute, estate administration, taxation etc.).
Wooden Boat Survey
Out of all marine vessels, wooden boats are the most elaborately built, most complex and which require the special background knowledge of the marine surveyor. Building a wooden boat has many steps, from selecting the timber to preventing and curing rot…
Insurance and Insurability Survey
An insurance inspection is performed so that an insurance company can determine whether they wish to take on the risks of the subject vessel – or not. Insurers are interested in the structural integrity, seaworthiness and safety precautions of the boat for its intended use. Almost all insurance companies require a survey on older boats. They will also want to know the vessel’s fair market value. We will carry out an insurability survey in a reasonably short time without being distracted by issues that have no relevance to insurers.
Construction/ Refitting Survey
A construction or refitting survey for confirmation of construction status (milestone survey), quality and conformity control and partial and final acceptance surveys, are all carried out without compromise in the interest of our instructors.
Surveying vessels prior to the expiry of the warranty period and examining defects for their origin and allotting responsibility for the defects are areas in which we can act for our instructors competently and professionally.
Incident and Damage Survey
Collision, fire, machinery damage, material or design faults, burglary, embezzlement….Establishing the cause of damages, ensuring that the damages are repaired to acceptable standards and to fair repair costs is one of our core businesses.
Flag State Survey
Flag states are also interested in receiving periodical survey reports about the structural integrity, seaworthiness and properly maintained safety equipment of the subject vessel. We carry out such surveys for the Swiss and Israeli flag – among others. The surveyor will remain locked on the requirements of the state, who, by permitting to wear their ensign, speaks up with guarantees, often implicit, about the safety of the vessel’s crew and passengers.
Non Destructive Testing (NDT)
- Ultrasonic Testing (UT) of Composite Boats and Spars
- Ultrasonic Testing (UT) of Shafts, Bolts, Hull Plates and other Boat Components
- Ultrasonic Testing (UT) of Welds
- Corrosion Measurement of Hull Plates with Ultrasonic Testing (UT)
- Percussion Testing
- Penetrant Testing (PT) of Boat Components – in particular of Standing Rigging and Spars
- Moisture Content (Osmosis) Evaluation
- Thermographic Inspections
- Corrosion Potential Inspections
- Gloss Measurement of Surface Coatings like Paints and of Gelcoat
A number of special examination of predominantly physical and chemical nature support inspections and the decisions derived from these inspections. marineSOLUTIONS often resorts to such examinations to corroborate and substantiate the inspections. Some of the special examination categories carried out by marineSOLUTIONS are listed below.
- Oil Analysis
- Fuel Analysis
- X-Ray Crack and Weld Testing
- Noise and Vibration Level Recording
- Plate Thickness Measurement
Special surveys are required when the owner of a boat or yacht needs to ascertain specific and somewhat limited aspects of the vessel. A survey can be done in order to obtain insight about particular issues, to probe a different and possibly novel approach, for an independent and knowledgeable opinion about a subject already under discussion, or a survey can be done in order to have an independent expert witness for future use. Issues can be related to manufacturing or refitting defects of a boat or simply may be related to critical aspects of wear and tear.
Survey reports can be carried out about one isolated aspect, like engine performance of a yacht, or for a hull evaluation of wooden boats (softening, rotting, fasteners, caulking and more) or boats in GRP (osmosis, locating previous and repaired grounding damages) or in steel (plate thickness, weld conditions, material specs and more). Often it makes more sense to put together several queries and thus give the marine surveyor a chance to get acquainted with the vessel in a somewhat comprehensive way on one hand and also to obtain better quotes.
Attached is a sample yacht survey report, where we have bundled two entirely independent issues of a sailing yacht, namely the engine compression values and an evaluation of the standing rigging.
We welcome your inquiry about any special survey report you may think of.