Good survey preparation is an important part of getting a thorough, accurate survey report. Preparation should include:

  • Making the vessel tidy and “ship shape”
  • Removing any excess gear that will hinder inspection
  • Ensure all hatches and lockers open freely
  • Pull up floor boards so bilges can be easily inspected
  • Ensure all safety gear is on board and up to date
  • Make masts, sails, rigging and small craft available for inspection
  • Arrange for hauling the vessel if the vessel is to be inspected out of the water
  • Provide receipts for recent work that should be noted in the survey report
  • All vessel particulars should be made available including:
    • Length/draft/beam
    • Hull number
    • Documentation number
    • Year built
    • Builder
    • Make/horsepower/model of engine(s)
    • Number and type of sails
    • And more! Every boat is different and needs specialized attention, lets go over what is right for your survey.

It is the responsibility of the person paying for the survey to insure the vessel is ready for the survey inspection. If the person paying for the survey is not also the owner, this may require coordination with the owner or individual responsible for the vessel.

Keep in mind that a surveyor is assessing the condition of the vessel. A well kept ship is typically one that the owner cares about and knows how to maintain.