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What goes into a condition & valuation survey?

A marine survey is a comprehensive inspection of the systems, structure, and cosmetic condition of a vessel. The survey is summarized in a report that includes findings, recommendations, and valuation. Each inspection is tailored to the needs of the boat and to the intended use of the vessel.

Condition and Valuation Survey

A condition and valuation survey, or prepurchase survey, is the most comprehensive type of survey and is strongly recommended for all prospective buyers. The surveyors inspect for compliance with ABYC, NFPA, and USCG requirements. The inspection is generally performed both in and out of the water and includes a sea-trial. All deficiencies noted are recorded and clearly explained in the written survey report. An appraisal of the vessel's fair market value in comparison to actual selling prices of comparable vessel's is also included. A Condition and Value can also be used for insurance and financing purposes. Johnson Marine Services VT survey reports are accepted by all insurance companies.

Insurance/Appraisal Survey

An insurance survey is a condensed version of a condition and value survey. This type of survey includes a full visual inspection of the vessel and focuses on the safety aspects of the vessel. This survey also includes an appraisal of the vessels fair market value. All Johnson Marine Services VT surveys are accepted by all insurance companies and lending institutions. This type of survey can be performed either in or out of the water, but check with your insurance company to see if the require the vessel to be hauled for an inspection of the underbody of the vessel.

Other Services

For more information on the following services please contact us or call us at (860) 917-8618.

  • Damage Surveys
  • Expert Witness Services
  • Yacht Deliveries