Marine Surveys by QBC Marine Surveys, David McClay, SAMS® AMS®, Northport, New York, USA QBC Marine Surveys
Northport, New York, USA
Serving New York City, Long Island, Connecticut
New Jersey & All The US North East


David McClay, SAMS® AMS®

Principal Marine Surveyor
ABYC Master Technician
Cell: 631-764-7842, Home/Office: 631-757-9415



What To Expect At A Marine Survey
Marine Surveys by QBC Marine Surveys, David McClay, SAMS® AMS®, Northport, New York, USA Our surveys usually begin with a thorough examination of the physical structure of the boat - the hull, deck, and interior. The hull is carefully viewed for fairness, noting any bumps or hollows. A moisture meter is used on the hull and deck, along with a plastic hammer, to identify any defects, repairs, voids, or delamination. The hull/deck joint is evaluated. The secondary bonding of the bulkheads and joinery to the hull is examined, where possible, to see that bonds are well made and intact. Next, the boat's systems are checked out one by one- engine, fuel, exhaust, electrical, water, electronics, safety requirements, rig and sails (if applicable). Everything is tested to see if it operates properly, and everything is evaluated using the guidelines of the US Coast Guard and National Fire Protection Association regulations, as well as American Boat and Yacht Council standards and recommended practices.

A survey can begin with the boat in the water or out of the water. If the boat has been out of the water for some time, it allows a more meaningful use of a moisture meter on the bottom of the hull. After hull inspection, the boat can be launched and the survey completed in the water. If the boat is already in the water at the beginning of the survey, the sea trial would be done first, followed by a haul-out of the boat for hull inspection.

Often, especially in winter, boats are surveyed without being launched at all. This limits the survey somewhat. The engines can still be run, but not under load. The water system may be winterized. Electronics mounted on a mast may not be testable if the mast has been unstepped for storage. Most of the survey, however, can be completed as normal. A pre-purchase survey usually takes most of the day to complete, depending on the size of the boat and the number and complexity of its systems. If you are unable to attend the survey, you will be given a verbal report at the end of the survey. A written report is usually completed and sent in two days.

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