The pre-purchase condition and valuation boat survey is the most comprehensive type of inspection and is strongly advised when purchasing both a new and used vessel. Most insurance and financial institutions require a pre-purchase survey as well. The vessel is thoroughly inspected for structural integrity, operation and performance including all systems and engine diagnostic report for most gas engines and outboards. An in-water trial, haul-out and inspection of the bottom (wetted surfaces) and running gear are part of the survey. The marine surveyors report includes an equipment list and detailed list of deficiencies. The vessel’s fair market value and the vessel’s replacement value are determined and included in the report.
Insurance condition and valuation boat survey is usually an insurance company or underwriter’s requirement and is used to determine if the vessel is an acceptable risk. Insurance surveys share basically the same elements the pre-purchase survey, including safety for the vessel’s intended use. Many insurance companies require a current survey on older boats or when changing underwriters.
This service is performed by the surveyor to determine fair market value of the vessel. It is normally needed for financing, estate settlements, donations and legal cases. The Vessel Appraisal consists of an inspection and report that is similar to a Condition & Value Survey, with descriptions, photos, numbering and equipment, along with a carefully researched fair market value that the client is looking for.
A boat surveyor examines everything that can be accessed on the vessel using non-destructive methods, without disassembly or the use of tools to provide access. The vessel’s structural integrity, condition, and overall operation are examined. All systems are examined, such as the electrical system, electronics, engines and generator, cosmetic appearance and overall maintenance, as well as the out-of-water hull bottom, and running gear.
The vessel’s compliance to safety, American Boat and Yacht Council (ABYC), National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), and USCG under the authority of Title 33&46 of the US Code of Federal Regulations (CFRs) is verified. The vessel’s fair market value and the vessel’s replacement value are determined and included in the report.
First, it's a large investment and you want to know what you're buying. Was the boat driven slow on the weekends to the sandbar or take it offshore every weekend at full throttle and potentially do damage to hull and motors.
Second, value - you want to know that the vessel is a good value, that you're not spending too much money for a boat that has issues and that the vessel is in good repair and worth the price.
Third, most insurance and financial institutions will require a survey to make sure the vessel is a good investment for them.
Several factors determine the time it takes to survey a boat. Length, how many systems and type of boat all come into play. If the survey includes oil samples or compression checks, these will also add to the amount of time needed. The time it takes to get to the haul out location and a navigable waterway to do the in-water trial can also be a factor. Including the in-water trial and haul-out, most center consoles will take 2-4 hours while most 30-40ft express or motor yachts will take 6-8 hours.
The cost of a survey is based on the length of the vessel. Our fees are between $20 - $40 per foot. Please contact us today for a quote specific to your vessel.
On a pre-purchase survey the buyer is responsible for the cost of the survey. For an insurance or other type of survey the current owner is responsible for all costs.
Lars Edson was born in NY and started his life and love of the water at an early age sailing on Long Island Sound with his father. After graduating with an AS degree in exercise sport science/teaching in 1991, he moved west and spent time skiing and coaching with aspiring US Ski Team athletes in Utah, the Rockies and the Pacific Northwest. There he married his wife of 23+ years and has a son who is currently serving in the US Air Force.
The call of boating and the sea lured he and his family back east to the upper Chesapeake Bay, where they enjoyed multiple boats leading him to get his USCG Captains License. Seeking year round boating, an opportunity came to move to the Stuart Florida area in late 2009 and the family again moved and started his career full time in the Marine Industry as a yacht broker and captain. It did not take long for Lars to become a top selling broker working for other companies that he decided to launch Aqua Blue Yacht Sales and Aqua Sol Yacht Sales selling brokerage power and sailboats 30’-100’.
During this time Lars was able to work closely with buyers, sellers, brokers, marine mechanics, and other surveyors throughout Florida and the East Coast. Taking all this experience and knowledge from ten years of brokerage, along with his teaching and coaching degree, he decided to go back to school to become a full time marine surveyor attending the Chapmans School of Surveying where he graduated with honors and also received his ABYC Certified Standards Advisor Certificate. He is currently an ACMS Certified Marine Surveyor and continues to grow his education and expertise.
Lars’ philosophy is to provide a clear and concise boat survey report that the buyer, owner, banks, and insurance companies can easily read and understand without the fluff and opinions he has seen in other reports over the years.
This is why he created All Florida Yacht Surveyors and looks forward to providing you the service, experience and professionalism you expect when having your vessel surveyed.
We'd love to help you be confident in the boat you purchase.
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