Helpful Tips To Prepare For Marine Surveying In Ontario And Elsewhere

By Stephen Hayes


Owning a boat is a dream for many people. Those who are lucky enough to have them, and those thinking about acquiring one, know that there are a lot of costs and requirements associated with them. Before you can get a loan or an insurance policy your boat has to be surveyed. If you are unlucky enough to suffer damage due to a storm or some mishap, a surveyor will have to come out and inspect the damage. It is important to prepare your vessel for marine surveying in Ontario and everywhere else.

It is not a good idea to have a crowd of people on hand when the inspector comes to check your vessel. This is not the time to invite your children, grandparents, best friends, and co-workers for a ride. The surveyor needs room to carefully inspect the boat, and that will be hard to do if there are people in the way. Ideally it will only be you and the inspector on the boat during this process. If a pilot, navigator, or manager normally tends the vessel, it is appropriate to have them on hand.

There are usually more requests for surveys than there are surveyors to handle them. This makes their time very valuable. You should make certain you don't show up for the inspection late or without the items you need to be prepared. Your surveyor may be late for the appointment, but you should be on time and ready to wait.

Most boats have minimal storage compartments. That is why most owners keep their vessels extremely neat and clean. When you are expecting a surveyor, it is even more important to make a good impression. Any damage the inspector is assessing should be clear of debris. A well maintained appearance can have a positive effect on the final report.

Any unnecessary gear that has accumulated on your boat needs to be removed before the inspector shows up. Extraneous equipment is something else that can get in your inspector's way and make it difficult to thoroughly examine the boat. Many surveyors will refuse to complete an inspection if the boat is full of extra gear.

You should have all the tools necessary, on site, to thoroughly inspect the vessel. Your inspector will want the panels removed, and will not bring tools to do the job him or herself. There are liability issues involved. You will have to be able to remove the panels yourself.

If you don't understand everything you read in the final report, you should not be hesitant about asking questions. Survey reports are detailed and may contain technical language unfamiliar to you. Most surveyors are happy to explain the results.

Sailing and fishing in deep water are pastimes that many people enjoy. Having your own boat and the freedom to come and go when you please is a luxury. It is important that you maintain your investment in order to make it last as long as possible.




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