Pre-purchase Survey

This the most comprehensive survey we perform, it includes an in-depth examination of the vessel in the water, followed by an out-of-the-water inspection of the hull & all its wetted components, along with a sea trial of the vessel. We utilize many tools during our surveys such as rubber hammer for soundings, moisture meter, multi-voltage clamp meter, digital snake camera, Infrared Thermography camera, and digital camera, but our most important tool is a flashlight and our eyes. If you are present at the survey (which we recommend), you are giving a verbal report on our significant findings. The survey culminates in a written report, emailed to you on a timely basis, including extensive photo documentation that lists all detectable findings, deficiencies, market value and recommendations on:


  • documentation and equipment
  • safety items
  • structural integrity of the hull
  • electrical systems
  • propulsion components
  • fuel system
  • navigational equipment
  • entertainment equipment
  • fishing equipment
  • corrosion protection
  • cosmetic appearance
  • maintenance items
  • sanitation
  • fresh water
  • vessel’s estimated value

We always encourage our clients to attend the survey.

Please contact me for additional questions or to schedule a survey.


Condition & Value Survey

Also know as an Insurance Survey, is typically performed at the request of an insurance company to determine whether or not the vessel is an acceptable risk. Usually, insurance companies are concerned with structural integrity and safety items associated with the ship’s intended use.

Many insurance companies will require a survey on older boats periodically or when writing a new policy.  They will also need to know a vessel current market value.

It is the client’s responsibility to communicate with their insurance company to determine specific requirements for inspection (i.e., inspection of wetted surfaces required?)

Please contact me for additional questions or to schedule a survey.

This inspection may be requested by a financial institution or an attorney to determine the current fair market value of a boat for financing or legal issues such as estate, tax or divorce settlements.  After looking the boat over, we provide a written report via email on the market value in your given area.

Please contact me for additional questions or to schedule a survey.

Oil Analysis

Oil Analysis along with an engine survey and compression test will give you a better understanding of an engine, transmission/gearcase overall state of health. We will take a sample of the oil you want tested and overnight it to an independent lab for a spectrometer analyzes. The detailed report you receive by email will have all the vital numbers on your oil sample, along with a reference point to compare too. There will also be a general statement from the lab regarding the oil sample and overall engine health.

Please contact me for additional questions about this or our other services.


This custom service is tailored for our out-of-town buyers that would like a walk-thru of a boat they are considering buying. Before investing in a plane ticket or a full survey, we can take a look on your behalf. We can supply pictures, video or just a verbal report; it’s really up to you.

Need further understanding and inspection of a specific system? This service is custom fit to your particular needs without requiring a full-service marine survey.

Please call or visit the contact page to communicate your needs, discuss what options are best for you and your specific situation, and determine the cost for your service.

Infrared Thermography

Infrared Thermography is non-destructive testing of material such as Fiberglass, engine components, fasteners, electrical motors and connectors using a high-quality IR camera. Infrared energy is part of the electromagnetic spectrum and behaves similarly to visible light. All object emit infrared radiation as a function of their temperature and depending on the makeup of the material, give off a different heat signature. It is those differences that need to interpreted.

An Infrared (IR) camera is a tool used by the marine surveyor to see the things that cannot be seen with the naked eye. However, it should not be the sole source for confirming or eliminating a potential problem. It is your surveyor responsibility to investigate potential issues using his knowledge of the boats systems and operation along with other tools such as a moisture meter, snake camera or other means to find out the source of the problem he encountered. Your surveyor should be using a high-quality IR camera (not one that clips onto a cell phone) and be adequately trained to interpret the images provided by his camera.

Our Flir E8 Camera is always in our tool bag, we do not charge any additional fees to put it to use during engine, electrical or hull surveys. We want you to get the WHOLE PICTURE!

The pictures above show why things are not always what they seem. This hull was showing higher than average moisture reading on the bow using a Tramex moisture meter. The IR camera was showing an area that may be holding moisture which warranted a closer look. I found the reason for the moisture in the anchor locker which was a bunch of wet lines. No issues with the hull at all.

So this boat is showing its age, and the swim platform has apparently received some damage the question is has water migrated into the material. The IR image on the right tells the story. It’s Wet!

Here are some pictures of fiberglass repair clearly visible with the IR Camera.

Captain Services and Yacht Re-location & Delivery

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We provide captain services with U.S. Coast Guard Licensed 100 Ton Master Captains. Our captains have many years of experience operating all types of recreational and commercial vessels and are available for Yacht deliveries, charter boat captains, boat handling training and vessel safety training.

Please call or visit the contact page to communicate your needs.

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