What to expect from a marine survey
The survey itself will normally take several hours to complete depending on the scope of survey required and the size and complexity of the vessel. Whilst it is hardly the most exhilarating spectator sport; clients are welcome to attend for some or all of the survey. It can be useful to meet on site towards the end of the survey process to discuss any significant problems identified and to discuss strategies for purchase or repair as needed.
Once the survey is completed the writing begins. A typical survey report will be 12-15 pages long with defects identified and graded according to severity with recommended courses of action for consideration. In an insurance survey an assessment is made with regard to the insurability of the vessel for the intended use stated by the owner.
Every effort is made to get reports to clients within 2 working days in PDF format, with signed hard copy to follow in the post within 5 working days. Survey fees are invoiced when reports are dispatched. Further communication regarding what was in (or was not in) the report is best conducted by phone or e-mail.