|Nautical Services, Inc|
Gulf Shores, Alabama, USA
Dennis Heine, SAMS® AMS®
Principal Marine Surveyor
Immediately serving the Gulf Coast region of Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana and the Florida Panhandle.
Regularly travel to other countries and regions, including Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic, Brazil, Turkey and neighboring European countries.
Basically, it is a detailed inspection of a boat, hopefully done by a qualified, diligent, intelligent and honest surveyor, for the purpose of determining its current condition and seaworthiness. In particular, to determine if the vessel is safe to use in conditions for which it was designed, and what maintenance and repairs are required, or are likely to be required in the near future.|
Most buyers are not experienced enough, or mechanically inclined to a point where they can make an adequate evaluation on their own. Even those who are qualified benefit immensely from a second professional, cold and unbiased opinion.
The short answer is to stay alive, physically and financially. The open water can be a treacherous place, subject to the whims of weather and lady luck. It is no place for a deficient boat, especially one with an inexperienced owner and an inept crew (read first time boaters). And, as the old saying goes, a bad boat is a hole in the water that you pour money into.
Buying a marine survey is buying peace of mind. It will give a better idea of exactly what you are getting into with your boat purchase, and help you learn what will be necessary to maintain the vessel in the future to keep you and your family safe, and your investment secure.
The longer answer is certain types and makes of boats have recurring problems or requirements. A good surveyor will be familiar with most models and be able to advise you on the long term suitability of your intended purchase and its equipment, particularly in relation to how and where you will be using it.
In addition, it is unlikely you will be able to secure insurance or financing without providing the insurance company or lender with an acceptable survey..... so you might as well make the survey a condition of purchase to begin with.