About Marine Surveys
Condition and Valuation Surveys
A Marine Survey
is an objective report on the condition and value of a particular vessel
paying close attention to the structure, safety and installed systems.
Appearance issues are addressed only when they affect the overall value of
These reports are
unbiased and subject to the condition and accessibility of the vessel at the
time of the survey. Test methods used are of a non-destructive nature and
vessel disassembly is not within the scope of these inspections. A complete
evaluation of the vessel would require disassembly and will not be
undertaken in the formulation of these reports.
Hulls, decks and
superstructures are inspected visually for condition and appearance. Where
possible moisture levels are measured by electronic detection methods with
percussive sounding being used to verify laminate voids and possible
structural weakening. It should be noted that electronic moisture readings
are relative numbers, which may be affected by many factors other than
moisture making evaluations subjective at best.
Electrical and electronic
systems are tested by powering up when power is available and if not visual
inspections only are performed.
Spars and rigging are
visually inspected for condition only as far as possible per accessibility.
Mechanical and Plumbing systems are inspected visually for leaks, flaws or
other defects and wear evaluations are based on visual inspections only and
reported life of the components.
Interior joinery and fixtures
are inspected visually for appearance, condition and for structural
The surveyor will endeavor to
apply Transport Canada TP1332 standards where applicable. If suitable
standards do not exist then ABYC (American Boat and Yacht Council) standards
will be used. Please note that at this time TP1332 standards are in the
process of being harmonized with the current ABYC standards. Vessels
manufactured prior to standard implementation are not required by law to
comply but compliance is recommended where practical.
The surveyor will take
neither weight calculations nor size measurements. All vessel data is
taken from published information.
A pre purchase situation starts with all
of the above and may also include a full engine and drive evaluation,
possibly sea trials and in the case of sailboats a complete inspection of
all spars, standing and running rigging and all sails.
The Marine Survey is an
opinion of the surveyor on the condition of a vessel within the parameters
outlined above and the recommendations made are based on the surveyors
knowledge and experience. These reports are in no way a guarantee of the
vessel's condition or performance either now or in the future.