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Pre-Purchase Survey

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A pre-purchase survey is a comprehensive and very thorough inspection of the vessel and its on board systems using non-destructive and non-invasive testing and discovery methods. The vessel will be examined for compliance with mandatory United States Code of Federal Regulations (CFR), Title 33 and Title 46 regulations, USCG regulations, recommendations of the American Boat and Yacht Council (ABYC), and the National Fire Protection Agency (NFPA). Upon completion of the inspection the survey report will be generated including all noted deficiencies, recommendations and fair market value of the vessel.   


In order 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 inspection

  • Steering system inspection

  • Propulsion inspection

  • Safety equipment inspection

  • Electrical inspection

  • Plumbing 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.


Please feel free to contact 41 North Marine today if you are considering a

pre-purchase survey or if you have any questions about this process.

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