P.O. Box 449 Mentor, Ohio 44061-0449 (440) 946-1111
Frequently Asked Questions
- Q: If I have a
vessel surveyed, what kind of guarantee do I get?
- A: None. A marine survey is
the opinion of the surveyor that inspected the craft as to the conditions that existed on
the craft at the time of the inspection. It is not a guarantee, warranty or insurance
policy. In fact, most surveying companies, ours included, include disclaimers in their
reports stating specifically that they are not to be held responsible for any errors or
Q: My boat is made of fiberglass, not wood, so why do
I need a survey?
- A: Most of our
customers don't realize how few fiberglass vessels are made completely of fiberglass. Most
production 'glass boats have wood or plywood stringers, hull framing, bulkheads and
transoms. Decks, and sometimes hulls, are frequently constructed with balsa core, referred
to as sandwich construction. It is quite possible for a "fiberglass" boat or
yacht to have a significant rot problem, that is invisible to the eye.
- Q: How do you find hidden rot or
problems? What methods or tools do you use?
- A: This is a little
like asking the magician how he does the magic trick. Normally, the laminates and
structures are examined visually, and through a combination of tapping, or sounding, with
a hammer. Sometimes tight areas are probed (gently), with a pick or probe. A good surveyor
leaves no marks. Also, the laminates should be tested for moisture content with a moisture
- Q: Who makes the best boat
- A:It's suprising how
often this one gets asked. There isn't any one best boat or manufacturer. Some companies
are known for sport boats, some for cruisers, some for fishing, etc. Some builders are
primarily known for building the best package for the price. Expect to pay a consultation
fee in order to discuss this subject at length with any surveyor, for it cannot be
addressed briefly. Often, a 15 or 30 minute consultation with a knowledgeable surveyor
cannot only bring you up to date on whose product isthe best for the money, but what
particular make and model may best fit your needs.
For more information, E-mail Greg
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