The Marine Survey Report
The documentation provided by the marine surveyor will consist of a detailed report of the surveyor's findings, a list of all deficiencies found on the boat and its equipment, an evaluation of the severity of each deficiency, the surveyor's recommendations for repairs, and notes and comments. Most surveyors include charts, diagrams, and photographs as needed to illustrate or document their report.
A serious problem such as a hull separating will be noted in the surveyer's primary report as a required repair.
The length of the marine survey report and the amount of information contained in it will vary with the size of the boat and the systems it includes. Survey reports may be anywhere from a few pages to 2 or 3 dozen pages. The survey report on your boat may be provided to you via e-mail, fax, or snail mail, or you may pick it up at the surveyor's office. Check with your surveyor for his preferences and practices.
Some of the key items in the survey report include the following:
Overall Vessel Condition
The surveyor will provide an overall rating of the boat, note whether the boat presents any permanent problems that cannot be repaired, and assesses the boat's overall fitness for its intended use.
Safety Equipment and Deficiencies
In addition to general observation and commentary on the safety aspects of the yacht, the survey will note in particular any safety equipment that must be replaced, and will make special note of any repairs or replacements that must be completed before the boat can be considered safe and seaworthy.
Most marine survey reports will not only document recommended repairs, but will distinguish between repairs that would be desirable, those that are essential to the boat's operation, and those that are required for the yacht to be in compliance with the law.
Marine insurance companies may require that all damage and deficiencies noted in the primary portion of the report be repaired or replaced before a policy will be written on the boat. Most marine surveyors will note serious deficiencies in their primary report, with minor or purely cosmetic defects noted in their secondary comments.