Somma Marine Surveying

Our Services

 

Pre-Purchase Surveys

Insurance Surveys

Appraisal Inspections

Delivery Inspections

Damage Inspections:

Oil Analysis

 

Pre-Purchase Surveys

If you are considering buying a boat, a Pre-Purchase Survey performed by Somma Marine Surveying will give you the information you need to accurately assess the vessel you are buying. A Pre-purchase Survey is a thorough in-depth inspection of the vessel that reviews the overall condition and operation of the vessel. The survey includes but is not limited to such items as structural integrity, out of water inspection of hull and underwater machinery, deck and deck fittings, accommodations, galley equipment, sea trial, electrical systems, propulsion system, fuel system, black and gray water systems, navigation equipment, anchoring system, spars and rigging, safety equipment, miscellaneous on board systems, cosmetic appearance, electronics and overall maintenance. Observations are presented to the client in a clear report that highlights deficiencies and recommendations. The report also includes our opinion on the vessels current fair market value and replacement cost. The data presented in the report strengthens your negotiation position with the seller, and may save you money.

 

Moisture meter readings and percussion soundings of the hull and deck are part of the survey. We use USCG (US Coast Guard) regulations and the standards recommended by the American Boat and Yacht Council (ABYC) and the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) as guidelines for our surveys. In addition we check to determine if all items mentioned in a Broker's Listing are on board.

 

A haul-out of the vessel is essential, so that we can check all under water equipment, and a sea trial is strongly recommended. A sea trial allows us to check the engine and other systems under normal operating conditions.

 

An Oil Analysis can also be ordered. Engine oil analysis is conducted as an aid in identifying and predicting mechanical wear and to identify abnormal wear patterns, oil contaminates and potentially serious problems before outward signs are noticed.

 

A Pre-Purchase Survey of a typical mid-sized boat may require a full day, depending on its size, complexity and condition, and we always encourage you, the prospective buyer, to attend the survey, so that you will get a better understanding of the vessel and of the survey process and its results.

 

For a sample pre-purchase survey click here.

 

Insurance Surveys:

Insurance companies often require a Condition and Value Insurance Survey in order to determine if a vessel is an acceptable insurance risk. Insurance underwriters are interested in the vessels structural integrity, if the vessel is safe to use for its intended use and the vessels fair market value. An Insurance Survey is a thorough in-depth inspection of the vessel that reviews the overall condition of the vessel. This includes and is not limited to such items as structural integrity, electrical systems, propulsion system, fuel system, steering system, black and gray water systems, galley equipment, deck and deck fittings, navigation equipment, accommodations, spars and rigging, anchoring systems, miscellaneous on board systems, electronics, safety equipment and overall maintenance. Observations are presented to the client in a clear report that highlights deficiencies and recommendations. The report also includes our opinion on the vessels current fair market value and replacement cost. The data presented in the report provides a punch list of items that will assist you in maintaining standards and if attended to will help the vessel retain its value.

 

Moisture meter readings and percussion soundings of the deck and accessible sections of the hull are part of the survey. We use USCG (US Coast Guard) regulations and the standards recommended by the American Boat and Yacht Council (ABYC) and the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) as guidelines for our surveys.

 

Insurance companies usually accept surveys made in the water without a haul-out or sea trial. Each insurance company has its own requirements for what it considers an acceptable survey. Vessel owners are advised to consult with their insurance broker or underwriter before commissioning the survey.

 

An Insurance Survey of a typical mid-sized vessel usually requires at least half a day, depending on its size, complexity and condition, and we always encourage you, the vessel owner, to attend the survey, so that you will get a better understanding of the vessel and of the survey process and its results.

For a sample of an Insurance Survey Report, please click here.

 

Appraisal Inspections

An Appraisal Inspection is performed to collect the information necessary to determine a vessels fair market value, which may be required when financing a vessel, during estate settlements, when donating a boat, or in legal cases.

 

An Appraisal Inspection of a typical mid-sized vessel usually requires at least half a day, depending on its size, complexity and condition, and we always encourage you to attend the survey, so that you will get a better understanding of the vessel and of the survey process and its results.

 

Delivery Inspections

Delivery Inspections are performed prior to your taking delivery of a new vessel from a boat builder or dealer and prior to making your final payment. A Delivery Condition and Value Survey will provide you with a detailed report with a punch list, so you and the builder or dealer knows what needs to be done before transferring the title to you and your taking possession of the vessel.

 

Moisture meter readings and percussion soundings of the hull and deck are part of the inspection. We use USCG (US Coast Guard) regulations and the standards recommended by the American Boat and Yacht Council (ABYC) and the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) as guidelines for our surveys. In addition we check to determine if all standard and optional equipment listed in the sales documents are on board.

 

A haul-out of the vessel is essential, so that we can check all under water equipment, and a sea trial is strongly recommended. A sea trial allows us to check the engine and other systems under normal operating conditions and to determine if the vessel meets your operational expectations.

 

A Delivery Inspection of a typical mid-sized boat may require a full day, depending on its size, complexity and condition, and we always encourage you, the prospective buyer, to attend the survey, so that you will get a better understanding of your vessel and of the survey process and its results.


Damage Inspections

A Damage Inspection is performed to determine the extent of damage, recommend repairs, estimate repair costs and if requested, the probable cause.

 

 Oil Analysis

Oil Analysis is conducted as an aid in identifying and predicting mechanical wear and to identify abnormal engine wear patterns, oil contaminates and potentially serious problems before outward signs are noticed.