The Importance of a Marine Damage Survey

The Importance of a Marine Damage Survey

importance-marine-damage-surveyThere will be a time when your vessel becomes damaged and will be in need of repair. I understand that this is never something that a boat owner wants to accept, but it is the truth. Accidents happen, whether you’re on land, sea or air. Nobody plans for them to happen; that’s why they’re called accidents. Damage can also occur from inclement weather, such as tropical storms and hurricanes. Although we do all that we can to protect our vessels, sometimes there’s nothing that can be done to avoid it.

Boating Accidents

Most boating accidents happen in a close proximity to the marina. Think about it logically for a second. The vast majority of automobile accidents happen in a 3 mile radius of the drivers’ homes. When you are out on the open ocean, you might not see another vessel for days however; near the marina, everybody is either trying to get out to sea or come home from their excursions. People are less likely to be paying as much attention as they should be at these times. When an accident happens, it’s important to have a trusted marine surveyor handle the marine damage survey for you.

Storm Damage

The storms that hit the Miami area can be brutal from time to time. Fortunately, the past few years have been less than eventful when it comes to tropical storms and hurricanes. This is not always the case. Just look at Hurricane Andrew, and the havoc he wreaked upon South Florida. Storms can severely damage vessels, even if you think you have them in a safe place. Storm damage can be relatively minimal, or downright devastating. Of course, you would need to have an expert marine surveyor perform a marine damage survey on the vessel.

The Actual Survey

The marine damage survey is a pretty in-depth inspection of the vessel. Although it may appear that the damage is localized in one area, the inspector will make sure that everything is in tiptop shape and working correctly. Any issues will be documented in the report, as well as photographs. The pictures will show all of the damage and the report will explain the details of it. Of course, the marine damage report will also include the recommended repairs to bring the vessel up to snuff aesthetically and make it safe as well.

The Marine Damage Survey Report

The average boat owner will not understand everything documented in the damage report. This is the reason you will need to talk with your marine surveyor. He will take the time to explain every aspect of his report and recommended repairs. The professionals at Simex International will do all that they can to ensure that you get your marine damage survey and report in a timely fashion.

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Insurance Surveys

There are many requirements that an insurance company expects the Fort Lauderdale owner of a vessel to comply with, including a mandatory marine insurance survey. When you need marine consultants in Fort Lauderdale, it would be wise to contact the most widely sought after vessel insurance inspectors in the area, Simex International – Marine Surveyors in Fort Lauderdale.


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