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As a used boat buyer, you need to know what you are buying before you make one of the largest purchases of your lifetime. We strive to uncover any structural or mechanical aspects of the vessel that may lead to unforeseen costly repairs and safety risks. Surveys are undertaken on new and used boats. Surveys are a valuable tool in determining condition, fair market value, and overall condition of the vessel. Banks may require a survey to determine fair market value for financing and insurance companies will require a survey to determine underwriting decisions and damage repairs. An individual should request a survey to find out more about the particular vessel you are purchasing.
Pre purchase Survey: This is the most comprehensive inspection of a vessel. The purpose of the survey is to gather as much information about the condition of the vessel before purchase. The survey will consist of an inspection of the topsides, hull, cabin and interior that are normally accessible. A haul out and inspection of the hull bottom and running gear. An examination of the visible structural supports of the vessel. The fuel system, steering system, electrical system, sanitation system, electronics and safety equipment are inspected and tested to ascertain their operation. A sea trial is conducted to evaluate the overall performance of the vessel. A review of the vessel documentation, hull numbers, and the history of service records when available. A current market valuation and replacement valuation of the vessel will also be given.
The Condition and Valuation Survey: (Insurance Survey) This survey is meant to be a general overview of the vessel and its systems for insurance underwriting and financing. This type of survey is intended for use by insurance and finance companies to determine the underwriting decision of a particular vessel. This survey will not approach the level of a pre purchase survey. The primary focus is to identify the vessel, its equipment, overall condition and general value without testing full system operation. It also seeks to identify hazardous conditions that pose a safety risk to the vessel and its passengers. An assessment of vessel safety equipment as per the U.S.C.G. Federal requirements are stated.
The Appraisal Survey: Is performed to gather information to justify and determine the fair market of the vessel. This survey may be used in refinancing, legal claims, an estate case or a donation to charity. The focus of this survey is limited to setting a fair market value based on the vessel systems and overall condition.
Sea Trial: A sea trial is conducted to determine that the engine operates within the manufacturers specifications.A rudimentary engine inspection is conducted. The engine is observed for wide open throttle RPMs, as recommended by the engine manufacturer. The condition of the hoses, belts, and fuel lines are observed. Motor mounts are checked and the engine is monitored for any fluid leaks. Exhaust smoke is gauged and engine temperature readings are taken. Were the manifolds and risers changed? We also check the steering, throttle and shift controls, and any other equipment that may installed on the vessel. If an engine is not performing properly or a problem is observed, a repair recommendation is made, or you will be advised to consult a manufacturers certified mechanic for further diagnosis.
Lower Unit Pressure Testing: This test will indicate faulty seals in both the upper and lower half of the gear case. If water is allowed to enter the case, this will cause excessive friction on the gears and engine. If the water is not detected, this can lead to expensive gear case repair bills. This test is done by draining the oil from the case and then using a vacuum and pressure gauge to determine if the seals will hold pressure and keep the water out. This test can be used on outboard motors and stern drives.
Spectro Metric Oil Analysis: This is a test of the engines oil to determine if excess engine wear is occurring This is based on the different types of metal particles found in the oil. It will also test for fuel, engine coolant and salt water contamination. To do an analysis of wear metals, one first needs to know how long the engine oil has been in service, and if any make up oil was added between oil changes. The main benefit of a first time oil analysis, is that it can determine if there is salt water, antifreeze or fuel in the oil. This may tell us if a head gasket is blown or an exhaust manifold is leaking. After the samples are obtained, they are then sent out to a laboratory service. It usually takes 7-10 days before obtaining the results, but well worth the wait.
Osmosis Testing: Is a test used to determine if excess moisture is present in areas of the hull that may not be visible to the eye. Moisture can be present without delamination occurring and this can pin- point potential problem areas. This type of testing may be undertaken on a vessel that shows signs of moisture intrusion around fittings, blisters, or soft spots in the transom stringers and bulkheads. However, this test is not an infallible way to test for moist areas. Many variables come into play when using a moisture meter. These include delamination, bottom paint, voids in the lay-up of mat and resin, water in the bilge, and the length of time the boat has been out of the water. The meter may detect moisture that can only be verified by destructive testing of the hull to verify the meter readings.
Corrosion Analysis: We can test your boat for proper bonding and adequate zinc anode protection. We can also check for stray current corrosion. Corrosion is a serious problem, and if left unchecked can deteriorate submerged metal fittings like props, lower units, and thru-hulls in a matter of days.
Winterize and Shrink Wrapping Services : We offer a full range of vessel winterization services to protect your boat from the harsh northeast climates. We will come to your boat and preform all the necessary services.