Marine Surveys by Michael L. Current, Key West, Florida, USA Key West Marine Surveyor, LLC
A Veteran-Owned Small Business.

Key West, Florida
Marine Surveys in Key West, Summerland Key, Marathon, Islamorada, Key Largo,
and all the islands in between along the Florida Keys

Michael L. Current, SAMS® SA
Principal Marine Surveyor

The Cost of a Marine Survey

Captain David E. Ghidoni New clients often ask, "How much money does it cost for a marine survey?" The answer to that question is "it depends." There are many factors that come into play when determining how much a survey will cost. Variables include the type of vessel, the intended use, construction materials, types of equipment on board and the location of the vessel.

Age and condition also play a part. It takes longer to survey a 20-year-old boat that is suffering from deferred maintenance than it does to survey a newer boat in well maintained condition.

A larger vessel with specialized systems such as roll stabilizers, water makers, multiple air conditioners, complicated electronic systems and modern propulsion packages will always require more time to determine operating condition. This extra time almost always adds to the cost of a survey.

If the first question from a new client is "how much?", chances are they are just shopping for a cheap survey and will base their hiring of a surveyor on financial concerns. A marine survey is an important document which determines the condition of a vessel, provides recommendations for safe operation and maintenance, and establishes a monetary value. It should be produced by the surveyor most determined to provide the customer with the highest quality product.

We recommend asking questions of your surveyor and research qualifications, and then base your decision on those things as opposed to cost alone. Remember, marine surveying is a profession and a business. Qualifications, experience and membership in accrediting organizations all cost money and take time to develop.

That said, Mike Current offers competitive rates. Additionally, Mike will undoubtedly devote more time inspecting a boat, writing up the highest quality report, and addressing the needs and concerns of his customers over that of his competitors.

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