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Choosing a Surveyor

Anyone can title him or herself 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 will be accepted

by your bank and/or insurance company. Talk with

prospective surveyors and ask questions! What does

the survey include and not include. What type of reporting format

 is used? Do they adhere to ABYC, NFPA and USCG

standards in their surveys? How much will the inspection 

cost? How long will the inspection take? A

thorough inspection should not be rushed. It will depend 

on the type of survey required and is based on

size, equipment and onboard systems. There may be

additional services available such as engine surveys,

oil analysis, galvanic and stray current corrosion testing, 

ultrasonic testing, moisture testing as well as

other non-destructive tests.

Well conducted surveys can provide pertinent information 

on the vessel's condition, but they are not

guarantees. The surveyor can only report the condition in

accessible areas only as it existed at the time of 


Why should you have the vessel surveyed? The

buyer needs to know her condition and approximate

fair market value. Most insurance companies and

banks will require a current survey on older vessels

in order to underwrite and/or finance the vessel. Finally,

the most important reasons to survey your vessel 

is not only for your personal safety but for the safety of your crew and guests-PEACE OF MIND.

Nolen's Marine Surveying's goal is to make every buyer an educated buyer! BE PREPARED! Buying a boat is a very big step. Let Capt. Joyce guide you thru the process!


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