What does a Pre-Purchase Survey Cover?
An insurance survey isn't as comprehensive as a pre-purchase marine survey. Pre-purchase surveys are very detailed and note every scratch, tear, stain, and snap that doesn't snap.
DJC Marine Surveyors LLC covers over 120 points on a vessel from stem to stern. A detailed report serves several purposes: a starting point for negotiations in the buying process, a punch list of items to be repaired, an excellent tool to familiarize the new boat owner with the boat.
Do you do engine surveys?
DJC Marine Surveyors inspects the engines and transmissions for leaks, fluid levels, belts, hoses, hose clamps, wiring, ventilation, corrosion etc. Thermal images are taken of the operating engines to assist in locating any abnormal operating conditions. Readings are taken of operating parameters and compared to manufacturers specification. DJC marine surveyors can pull oil samples for analysis to give an idea of the internal condition of the engines and transmissions. An oil sample should be a regular maintenance item on any boat owners list. It gives a good indication of the wear of the engine and any changes over time that you may want to correct before they get worse. We do recommend that you hire a qualified mechanic to perform a complete engine survey
How long does a survey take?
This depends on the condition of the vessel being surveyed. Generally a pre-purchase survey survey takes 6-8 hours.
When is payment due?
Payment is kindly requested before the start of the physical survey. DJC Marine Surveyors LLC gladly accepts Visa, MC, Discover and cash. A check will be accepted if approved beforehand and drawn on a local bank. A comprehensive marine survey report in PDF format will be emailed to owner/requestor within 3 business days.
Do I need to be present at the survey?
It is always helpful if the owner or owners representative is available during the survey as the marine surveyor doesn't operate boat lifts, start engines or generators without the owner present. The marine surveyor is a good source of information for the owner and there may be questions that the surveyors has for the owner.
What happens if there are issues on the report for the insurance survey?
Each insurance company is different in their requirements. The insured or potential insured will need to check with their specific insurance company. They may require updating visual distress signals, fire extinguishers or making other repairs.
Check the water level regularly. Top up as necessary to keep the level about 1/4" above the plates.
Use only distilled water for topping up; trace minerals and/or chlorine in tap water really do shorted battery life.
Fill cells after charging. If you fill them before, expansion during charging will pump electrolyte out on top of th ebattery, causing a corrosive mess and reducing the acid level inside the battery.
Keep terminals and cable clamps corrosion-free. Use a wire brush to remove corrosion. Coat both terminal and clamp with pertroleum jelly (not grease) to prevent future corrosion.
It's a good idea to have wooden plugs attached to each thru hull in case of a failure of the thru-hull. This simple solution can be the difference in saving your boat.