Marine survey report criteria
The marine surveyor must remember that his description of a vessel
will guide the buyer, lender, and insurer which path to take. If the
report is not clear, as to the description, or lacks detail the user of the
survey will not be able to make an educated decision, thereby
rendering the survey useless.
ACMS does not recommend a format for the survey report as
the information contained within the report far outweighs the
format. By listening to buyers, lenders, and insurers, we have
determined that the information below provides a guideline for
a professional report.
Page one should include the clients name, the location and
date of the inspection, whether the vessel was hauled or afloat,
and a list of the standards and regulations used for guidance in
determining the condition of the vessel. Page one should also
include the type of vessel, the manufacturer, and other
specifications of the vessel. (length, breadth, draft, year of
manufacture, vessel name, and identifying numbers).
Fiberglass Vessels, Power and Sail
A description of the outside sections of the hull:
a. (freeboard) appearance and condition of the gel coat or paint,
results from percussion soundings, and result from the moisture
meter. Security of all through hull devices as inspected from the
outside, including exhaust ports, and all other ports.
b. (below the water line) appearance and condition of gel coat or paint. Results
from percussion soundings, and result from the moisture meter.
Condition of keel attachment, rudders, shafts, struts, propellers,
and trim planes. Security of all through hull devices as inspected
from the outside, including exhaust ports, ground plate,
and all other ports.
c. deck attachments, i.e. appearance and condition of all hardware
attached to the deck, including the hull/deck attachment
A description of the interior sections of the hull:
a. appearance and condition of the surface of the interior of the
hull, including stringers, frames, engine supports, bulkheads,
all through hull devices, and any other devices that are attached
to the interior of the hull.
b. appearance and condition of all engines, gears, (including
complete exhaust system), shafts, logs, and mechanical spaces.
c. appearance and condition of fuel supply system, including tanks,
fuel lines, filters, and all related supports and attachments.
d. appearance and condition of all installed electrical and electronics
devices, wiring, circuit overload protection, proper harnessing,
use of proper size and type wire, GFCI, isolation, ground system,
bonding system, and any miscellaneous electrical
device permanently installed.
e. appearance and condition of all installed devices of the interior
of the vessel, including galley, head, operating station, and any
other fixtures that are permanently attached to the vessel.
f. appearance and condition of all potable and waste water
installed devices, lines, and connections, including fixtures,
pumps, and pump out mechanisms.
g. appearance and condition of standing and running rigging:
including mast step, chain plates, compression post or
bulkhead, and sail inventory.
h. appearance and condition of Safety Equipment, and ground tackle.
Several insurers have expressed an interest in the following
items being grouped on one page.
Coast Guard Safety and Signaling package..... Not aboard
ABYC standards, Bronze
Dynaplate mounted on transom
4. DC control panel..... original, at control station, well maintained.
DC wiring is original stranded copper with original
harnessing in place.
5. AC control panel..... In main salon in original
US Coast Guard
approved type rubber reinforced line.
6a. Fuel line shut-off valve...... bronze valve, at
7. Fuel tank..... Aluminum, well secured, sections that can be
observed are in good, clean condition, no oxidation noted.
Coast Guard approved type.
9. Exhaust system.....US Coast Guard Approved type rubber,
appropriate silencers, in serviceable condition, with
10. Engine mounts..... secure
11. Engine shaft logs..... secure, properly clamped
type 12 volt blowers along with appropriate flexible ductwork
to hull outlets.
12. Rudder shaft logs.... secure
13. Rudder tower.... steel, (original) needs service
14. Steering gear and controls.... Hydraulic to manual, lines
and hardware are original and are in good condition
15. Overboard fittings..... all bronze fittings below the water
line, shut-off valves are working and are well maintained,
appear original. Related hoses US Coast Guard approved type
and are double clamped. Overboard fittings are plastic above
the waterline and in serviceable condition