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Captain Stan Walker, AMS®
Marine Surveyor and Consultant

Walker Marine Services

Preparing For a Survey

Time and additional expense can be saved by preparing the vessel for inspection and making her more accessible.

Ship Clutter Leftover Party

Arrange to present a clean, shipshape boat, and have all ship papers and miscellaneous gear ready. All gear and accessories that are to be included in the sale should either be onboard or available. Likewise, all gear not included should be removed. If applicable, you will need to make arrangements with the marina to haul the vessel for bottom inspection, and retain a captain for sea trials.

The surveyor should never be expected to prepare a boat for inspection nor to remove items in order to perform the survey. The surveyor performs a non-destructive survey but, depending upon the findings and the client's need to know, may request minor dismantling of interior ceilings, headliners, flooring, etc. in order to gain access to suspect areas. This will only be done with the owner's permission and with a qualified technician to perform the dismantling and re-assembly.

The vessel must be prepared for survey with cabins and compartments unlocked, stores and excess or miscellaneous equipment removed, and maximum access to all areas of the vessel provided. Locked compartments or lockers cannot be inspected. Engines, machinery and equipment may be visually inspected while operating the vessel only when the owner, owner's representative, Captain or Broker is present to operate it. Fixed parts, joinery or fasteners will not be removed nor will any destructive testing be performed without written consent of the owner. In cases where the condition of engines is critical, it is recommended that a qualified marine technician be engaged for a separate mechanical inspection/survey.

Written authorization from the owner and buyer will be needed to board the vessel and conduct the survey.

Survey Brochure/ Work Order

SAMS® - 7 Elements of The Marine Survey is a brochure for both owners and purchasers on preparing for a marine survey.

A Work Order is required to be completed to provide all the information necessary to perform the survey, and, must be signed and returned in order to schedule the date and time. The last page explains in more detail; what to expect, how to prepare, and what is necessary to coordinate for the day of the survey.

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