Information on Choosing a Surveyor
In Canada there is no official
certification for yacht surveyors. Anyone can call themselves a surveyor and
go into business inspecting and appraising most types of pleasure craft.
This leads to a wide variety of surveyors with varying levels of skills and
Society of Accredited Marine Surveyors
(SAMS®) is an
association of professional marine surveyors established to assist in
setting and maintaining standards by which marine surveys are performed.
SAMS® surveyors must adhere to rules of
ethics and conduct, survey report content and maintain continued educational
standards and upgrades. In comparison non - SAMS® surveyors have no required
standards and this can be a factor in the overall quality of the service
provided. Since a yacht purchase, for many individuals is one of the larger
investments that they may make during their lifetime it is very important to
obtain the best quality of service available. The SAMS® requirements are all
about ensuring that this occurs.
When choosing a surveyor it is
important to shop, ask questions and compare pricing. Be cautious of
surveyors that do not associate with SAMS® or organizations similar to SAMS®
Examine pricing structure carefully. Surveyors of quality and integrity will
usually show similar pricing and any excessively higher or lower should be
held in question. Also be wary of free services sometimes offered. A common gimmick sometimes used is for a surveyor to make
available their resume. While in theory, a good idea and to be honest we
should all be proud of our knowledge and past experiences but in reality
anyone can write a convincing document covering up the fact that the
individual in question should indeed be "held in question". The bottom line
is be sure to check with your insurance provider to ensure
that the surveyor that you are considering will be recognized by your insurer. This
should not be an issue with a SAMS® surveyor.
In addition all SAMS® surveyors
carry their own liability insurance covering them while they board and
inspect your vessel. This is important protection for both yourself and your marina or
yacht club .
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