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To obtain a fully comprehensive survey, it is recommended that the vessel be short hauled allowing for inspection of the wetted surfaces, through hulls, and underwater machinery. The bottom of the vessel will be visually inspected and sounded with phenolic-sounding techniques to discover any possible structural deficiencies, prior damage, or osmotic blistering.  With the vessel out of the water, I am also able to inspect the running gear for possible wear or damage.


A pre-purchase survey includes:

  • Survey scope & general vessel information confirming hull identification number and registration

  • Exterior hull inspection

  • Deck & superstructure inspection

  • Relative moisture testing where and when applicable

  • Interior & bilge inspection

  • Machinery space inspection

  • Helm & navigation electronics limited inspection

  • Steering system limited inspection

  • Propulsion limited inspection

  • Safety equipment inspection

  • Electrical limited inspection

  • Plumbing limited inspection

  • Sea trial evaluation

  • Vessel condition rating

  • Current market value, based on BUC values and similar vessel/location research

  • Replacement value

  • Written report of survey

Please note that a Pre-Purchase Survey, depending on the vessel, may 

require a full day so be sure to plan accordingly. "Limited" inspection reference is based on current knowledge of existing systems and variety of such systems installed upon each vessel. 


Engine surveys are not part of our service and are always a good idea to hire a certified marine mechanic to perform this important part of your inspection.


Please feel free to contact Currents Marine Survey, LLC today if you are considering a pre-purchase survey or if you have any questions about the process.

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