Payment is due on the date of the survey.  Cash, money order, or certified bank check only.
No personal checks will be accepted..
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The boat or yacht will need to be supplied with shore power of at least 30 amps, and all batteries
installed , wired in, and fully charged on survey day.

The owner or agent must have the vessel ready for survey. This includes having all items wanting to
be included in the survey to be onboard or readily available.  In the case of sailing craft, masts and
spars must be down for inspection.  
I encourage and welcome the perspective buyer and owner to be present at the time of the survey, during
which I will be happy to explain all the proceedings as the survey unfolds. Payment is due at the time of the
survey, and my finished report is completed within 48 hrs. Once I have done your survey, you will never be
charged for phone consultation regarding any marine related issue, then or in the future. I am at your
disposal for any information I can give you, and any assistance I may be able to provide.

I work only for you, and in your best interests. Let my 40 years in the boating industry work for you!!!!
Basically, it is a detailed inspection of a boat, done by a qualified, diligent,
intelligent, and honest surveyor, for the purpose of determining it's current
condition and seaworthiness. To determine if the vessel is safe to use in the
condition it was designed for, safe to use for the owner or perspective owners
intended use, and what repairs or maintenance are required now, or likely to be
required in the near future. Your survey is a necessity when financing, getting
insurance, and peace of mind for you. It also is a bargaining chip when it comes to
the price you should pay for the vessel.

The hull is inspected for trueness, and any visible signs of grounding or
damage and repair. The laminate is checked for delamination, and the hull
visually inspected for osmotic blisters, and moisture meter tested for
water intrusion. The deck is sounded for core delamination and again
moisture checked for water intrusion.

The hull to deck joints are checked for fit and soundness. This also includes
stringers and bulkheads.
All thru-hull fittings, transducers, ground plates, trim tabs are checked for
corrosion and properly sealed to the hull. Propellers, struts, cutlass
bearings, and shafts are all inspected as to their operating condition.            
Rudders and their mounts and glands are inspected for wear and structural

All deck hardware, railings, portholes, windows, and hatches are all
inspected for condition and mounting security. The anchor system is
checked for condition and suitability.

The helm, cockpit, electronics, gauges, steering, are all inspected, along
with the cosmetics of the vessel, including the interior, headliners,
cabinetry, gelcoat, woodwork, upholstery, carpeting, etc, and all commented

All systems are turned on, both DC and AC, both at dock power and at
generator and observed. Systems are tested and commented on, some of
which include, navigational equipment, lighting, horns, anchor windlass, fresh
water system, hot water, ac system, washdown, toilet and holding tank
system, galley equipment, fans, lights, bilge pumps, and ventilation system.

Electrical system is fully checked, including charging system, both from
engines, generator, and onboard charger.

The engine and generator compartment is thoroughly checked, including,
seacocks, hoses, mounts and beds, fuel system, cooling system, exhaust, and
transmission connections, and all commented on.

Generally, engine and generator inspection is limited to non-intrusive visual
checks. I conduct in my basic survey, heat checks at various areas of the
engines for proper operating temperatures, and using a stethoscope to get
as much indication of the engines internal condition.

During seatrial, the vessels overall performance is evaluated, engines are
checked for temps and pressures, transmissions are checked for
The engines are run up to full load, and checked for balance and equalization
in the case of twin engine application. Shaft alignment, movement on the
engine beds, vibration, leakage, are all observed and commented on. The
generator is checked for output current under full load.  The vessel is also
assessed for compliance with Coast Guard regulations, ABYC standards, and
NFPA standards.

An examination is made of all vessel documentation, hull numbers, and
history of service records (when available). A fair market appraisal of the
vessel is also given.
Types of surveys:
Pre-purchase survey
Insurance survey
Appraisal survey
This survey is performed to
gather information to justify a
fair market value for the use in
settling a legal claim, estate
sale, or non-profit donation to
Damage survey
The damage survey is requested and performed to
determine the extent of damage, recommended
repairs,estimated repair cost,and if possible, the cause.
How much does it cost?
The fee is based on size, age, and type of vessel, and the type of survey required, and
covers the basic survey. While engines are tested under load during sea-trial, I perform as
many checks as possible from outside the engine, and do heat checks, and stethoscope the
engine as part of the basic survey. However, in-depth engine analysis and diagnostics,
compression checks, cylinder leakage test, engine oil analysis, are available at an additional
Don't let the price frighten you. Many times the price is saved two or three fold with the
discovery of expensive problems found in the investigation process. Another surveyor may
be rather inexpensive, but you need to ask yourself? Is he good, and will he do his utmost
best to provide you with a top notch and thorough survey. I think I would rather deal with a
qualified individual, properly trained with extensive background in the field. Call me for a
quote at  856-430-8490

Compression testing of an engine is taking a pressure reading per cylinder while cranking the engine, and
comparing all cylinder's individual readings. The important findings here is the overall compression of the engine
compared to the original specifications, but more over is the balance between each cylinder's reading. All
cylinders should be within 80% of each other in order for the engine to perform balanced.. Any engine that is
either low on overall compression or having cylinders that are out of the recommended range will perform poorly.

Cylinder leakage testing( commonly known as leak down test) of an engine is done by feeding compressed air
into each individual cylinder to determine the cause of the low compression in that certain cylinder. It will
determine whether the loss of compression is the cylinder rings, intake valve, exhaust valve, or head gasket. If
adjoining cylinders have low compression, this will determine if the head gasket is broken between the two
adjoining cylinders.
What is a marine survey??
What does a pre-purchase survey entail?
This type of survey is completed
whenever a vessel has either
changed ownership and therefore
needs insurance, or when the
ongoing insurance company
requires an updated survey.