Ramrod Key Key West Marine Surveyor, LLC

Key West, Florida
Marine Surveys Throughout the Florida Keys

Michael L. Current, SAMS® SA
Principal Marine Surveyor
305-393-7778


FAQ's Concerning a Boat Survey

SELECTING A SURVEYOR
Premier marine surveyors are permitted to use a designation denoting membership in accrediting organizations requiring members to meet and adhere to strict professional, technical and ethical standards. Mike Current has met all those requirements. Mike uses the ABYC®, NFPA, USCG standards in his surveys. As such, he provides the customer with a survey accepted by both lenders and insurance companies. His inspection is thorough and provides detailed information regarding condition, performance and value of the vessel.

WHY SHOULD YOU PURCHASE A SURVEY?
Most companies require proof of fair market value and current condition to purchase insurance. A survey provides this necessary information. The same can be said if financing is involved. A survey provides the lender with the appraisal they need to approve a loan. Perhaps however, more important than both the lender and insurance company, a survey provides the purchaser with an in depth look at the interior and exterior condition of the vessel, enabling the purchaser to decide what is best. It has been said that a survey is the most cost-effective insurance policy one can buy as it may prevent a potential buyer from purchasing someone else's problem.

HOW TO PREPARE FOR A SURVEY
The surveyor does not prepare the vessel for a survey. That will be the responsibility of the owner/purchaser. The vessel should be clean and free of any debris or clutter so that a clear look at the structure is possible. If a 'bottom inspection' has been requested, the owner will need to arrange with a boatyard to have the vessel hauled out of the water. The bottom should be cleaned so any defects are visible. When a 'sea trial' has been ordered, it is the responsibility of the owner to retain a captain for operation during the survey. The surveyor cannot run the boat while inspecting it. All these things need to be coordinated prior to the inspection date and all parties informed to ensure a smooth and thorough survey.

WHO IS RESPONSIBLE FOR PAYMENT
The party ordering the survey is responsible for payment which is required prior to the survey commencing. The 'haul out' and captain's fee are also the responsibility of the person requesting the survey. These arrangements need to be made and confirmed between the owner/buyer prior to the inspection date.

HOW LONG DOES A SURVEY TAKE
Each survey is unique and there are many variables involved, such as the location of the survey and size and condition of the vessel. Generally, the inspection portion is completed in hours with minimal inconvenience to either party. This is a question for the surveyor during the initial consultation.

HOW THE PROPULSION PACKAGE IS SURVEYED
Typically, putting a boat through a sea trial and visual inspection will be enough for most surveys. Belts, hoses, mounts, stringers, pumps and overall condition will be assessed. However, we are not engine surveyors. If an engine survey is requested, it will be up to the person requesting the survey to hire a qualified technician certified by the specific engine manufacturer. They will bring proprietary tools and knowledge to the survey that most surveyors may not have. Specialized compression testing tools needed to conduct tests on diverse types of motors are usually not part of a surveyor’s toolbox. We do offer oil sample spectro-analysis at a reasonable price and those results are usually available as part of the survey. These oil tests can speak volumes about the condition of a motor or gear.

DO I NEED A SEA TRIAL
If you are requesting a survey for a boat which you already own, you may not need a sea trial. If you are purchasing a boat it is highly recommended a sea trial be conducted. During a sea trial, the motors will be asked to perform under varying conditions. Typically, back down, wide open throttle, and control tests and functions of all engine monitoring systems will be conducted. Much information about the condition and maintenance can be learned during a thorough sea trial. One is highly recommended.

WHAT ABOUT TRAVEL EXPENSES
We are based in Key West. However, we will travel throughout the Florida Keys to conduct a survey without additional costs incurred to the customer. Furthermore, we provide both national and international services. In these instances, we may consider splitting travel costs with our clients depending on distance and time required. This should be discussed during the initial consultation.




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