• Typically, pre-purchase surveys will take the better part of a day (4 hours and up depending on the vessel and circumstances). Ideally, an in water inspection will be conducted first. This will allow for a thorough analysis of decks and on board systems: AC and DC electrical, fuel system, generator, steering, air conditioning, internal structure, potable and waste water, etc. Valuable information is gathered that will be used in subsequent survey phases.
  • Next, the vessel should be hauled and blocked as appropriate. It is critical that wetted surfaces are clean and ready for inspection as to not mask potential issues. The hull bottom and topsides (hullsides) will be inspected as will underwater systems and components: rudders, shafts, propellers, drives, trim tabs, anodes, etc.
  • Lastly, the sea trial should be conducted. This will allow for further evaluation of structural integrity as needed, general performance evaluation, and proper demonstration of systems such as propulsion, steering, autopilot, etc. Earlier findings may require follow up during this time.
  • After completion of the in person survey, significant time is spent compiling a professional survey report. It will contain vessel information, survey scope, findings, and details appropriate to the type of survey conducted. Reports are delivered electronically, typically within 48 hours of the physical survey and payment.


Surveys may include the use of the following tools, resources, and assessments.

  • Percussion Soundings
  • Conductivity Readings
  • Hull to Deck Joint Assessment
  • Stringer and Transom Evaluation (where accessible)
  • Systems Evaluation
  • Operational Checks
  • Investigative Analysis


  • ElectroPhysics GRP-33 Plus conductivity meter
  • Ideal Sure Test 16-164 circuit analyzer
  • Pyrometer – remote sensing thermometer
  • Digital multimeter
  • Phenolic hammers
  • Various handtools and measuring devices
  • Laptop & Tablet
  • Cameras


  • United States Coast Guard (USCG) mandatory standards
  • Title 33 and Title 46 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR)
  • Voluntary standards & recommended practices of the American Boat and Yacht Council (ABYC) & National Fire Protection Association (NFPA)
  • SoldBoats.com, BucValuPro.com, PowerBoat Guide, and more!


Condition & Value Survey



Insurance & Finance Survey



Owner Survey



The Process