Preparing Your Boat for the Marine Surveyor
Remove Unnecessary Equipment
Most boat owners have loads of equipment stowed away on their vessels. It makes sense, to keep your fishing gear, wet suits and the like on the boat. While this keeps clutter out of the house or garage, it can be a hindrance when the surveyor is trying to maneuver about the vessel. If you have the boom and sails stowed away below, be sure to remove those as well. Remove all unnecessary gear prior to the marine survey. It will make things so smoother.
Clean the Vessel
Nothing throws a wrench into the machine than expecting a marine surveyor to inspect a dirty boat. This is impossible to do. Every inch of the boat must be clean. This includes all of the compartments, the bilges and the machinery spaces as well. One would think that this would be obvious, but few vessel owners actually do this properly. Think about it. It would be virtually impossible to inspect the keel bolts if the bilge is filthy. Naturally, the deck should be meticulously clean as well.
Have Your Tools
The marine surveyor does not remove the panels or other things to access areas that need to be inspected. This is not part of his job. He does not provide you with the tools to do so either. You will need to bring your own tools and do the removals yourself. There is way too much liability involved if the surveyor snaps a fastener or something else breaks during the inspection. To eliminate the possibility of the inspector having to pay for costly repairs, the owner must handle accessing the areas.
If all parties that are involved with the marine survey have an appointment for 10 AM, be sure that everyone gets there on time. Those who are running late will put the surveyor behind schedule. Remember, there are other boat owners who need to get their inspections done too. Being respectful of the inspector’s time is important. Just as your time is valuable, so is his. The marine surveyors at Simex International work very hard to accommodate everyone’s schedules.