Waters Edge Marine Survey, LLC – Choosing a Surveyor

Marine Surveys by Waters Edge Marine Survey, LLC - John C. Roesch - SAMS® AMS® - Sandusky, OhioAnyone can title him or herself as a Marine Surveyor and start a business. Certain marine surveyors are permitted to use a designation denoting membership in accrediting organizations that require members to meet strict professional, technical and ethical standards.

Surveyors should provide you with a professionally prepared report that can be accepted by your bank and/or insurance company. Talk with prospective surveyors and ask questions! What does the survey include and what type of reporting format is used? Do they use ABYC, NFPA and USCG standards in their surveys? How much will the inspection cost? How long will the on-board inspection take?

Marine Surveys by Waters Edge Marine Survey, LLC - John C. Roesch - SAMS® AMS® - Sandusky, OhioA thorough inspection will not be rushed and will depend on the type of survey required based on vessel size, equipment and on-board systems. There may be additional services available such as engine surveys, oil analysis, galvanic and stray current corrosion testing, ultrasonic testing, moisture testing and other non-destructive tests. There may be additional charges for these and other services.

Well conducted surveys can provide good information on the vessels’ condition, but they are not guarantees. The surveyor reports the condition in accessible areas only as it exists at the time of inspection.

Why should you have a vessel surveyed? Most insurance companies and banks will require them on most vessels. They will need to know her condition and fair market value in order to finance and/or underwrite the vessel. Knowing her condition and fair market value before you purchase is also important. However, the most important reason to survey your vessel is for the safety of the passengers and crew.

To order a survey with Waters Edge Marine Survey you can use the “printer-friendly” versions of our Survey Contracts below. Pick the one you need, fill it out on your screen. You can either print it, sign it and send it to us by fax, courier or mail, or you can save it with a digital signature and Email it to us.

Click here for an Insurance Survey C&V Work Order.
Click here for a Pre-Purchase Survey Work Order.
Click here for a Pre-Sale Inspection Survey Work Order.
Click here for an Appraisal Work Order.
Click here for an Hourly Rate Work Order.

Click to view surveyor listing on The Marine Surveyor Marketplace

John C. Roesch, SAMS® AMS®

Pamela J. Roesch, Survey Assistant

Waters Edge Marine Survey
4206 Walnut Creek Lane
Sandusky, Ohio 44870

419-609-0852 -Office
419-656-6366 -Mobile
866-351-3002 -Fax

Email: msurveyor@sbcglobal.net


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