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PCE Can Save You Loads of Money with a Pre-Purchase Engine Survey

PCE Can Save You Loads of Money with a Pre-Purchase Engine Survey

Conducting a marine survey prior to buying a boat is a prudent measure, as any reasonable and experienced broker would tell you. So, who do you put your trust in? Let’s look at some facts about boat surveys first before you decide on your marine surveys San Diego provider.

What is a boat survey?

In simple terms, it is a process of inspecting the boat to assess the current condition and how seaworthy it is. What’s more, it can discover any and all faults, maintenance requirements and, most importantly, any predictable future issues. This is the key reason to get one before deciding on the purchase.

A decent surveyor has some experience, and definitely knowledge about most boat types, things that can go wrong with them, and how to counteract the weak spots. Getting a survey done gives you security that a boating expert has deemed the vessel adequate. Having a less-than-adequate boat is having a sinkhole in your pocket. Not only would you pour dollar after dollar in it, but you would risk your life and property if you didn’t know the true condition of the vessel. There is, of course, the matter of insurance. It is unlikely there is an insurance company that would insure a vessel they know nothing about. They will not get involved if they don’t have the facts, and neither should you.

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So, what does a survey entail?

There are several guidelines that can be followed. The highest priority goes to the Code of Federal regulations (CFRs), more commonly dubbed “Coast Guard Regulations”. CFRs are limited to the basics, such as safety equipment, navigation lights, sanitation, engine, and of course, electrical and fuel systems if the boat’s running on gasoline. As a close second, and way more detailed, are the standards of the American Boat and Yacht Council (ABYC), which are, due to their detailed nature, more accepted as a source of information about the boat if there is ever a legal dispute. There are a few more guidelines, which fall more in the category of recommendations than rules, such as National Fire Protection Standards. With all of these bases covered, you can know you are getting a fuller picture of the boat in question.


What does a standard survey cover?

The market self-regulation has led to the creation of a “standard pre-purchase survey”. Bear in mind that you, as a buyer, can always ask the surveyor to do a more detailed survey, but the standard one will cover most of your bases. The standard survey does not include disassembling any parts of the boat which are permanently fixed. What they do check is the overall condition of the boat, as well as the systems on it, to make sure they are in compliance with the regulations in place. This enables them to recommend a specialist follow-up, and to appraise the boat. The survey starts with an inspection of the boat in its slip, a brief run, followed by a mid-day cleaning of the hull. The boat is left to dry prior to the hull inspection. Finally, the boat is re-launched and taken for a short trip. Should there be need for further inspections, they are performed after this trial run. This is usually accomplished within a day, but the external factors, such as the weather, shipyard schedule, or the size of the boat, should also be considered. Marine surveys in San Diego can be done year round, while those in New York, for example, are heavily dependent on the external factors.

What is the final result of the survey?

 Once the survey is done, you get a report. This report includes several key items.

·         General information about the boat (appearance and all the systems on board),

·         A description of the overall condition of the vessel,

·         Results and recommendations listed according to importance,

·         Objective monetary and trade value of the vessel, based on the similar vessels appraised before.

The survey should clearly state whether the boat is fit for its designated use. What it will not tell you is whether you should buy it or not. That is, and always should be, entirely up to you.

So, who do you trust to do this?

Ideally, you want someone who has had years of experience with such matters. If you are looking for marine surveys in San Diego area, the logical step would be to find a company that has decades of experience and happens to be the preferred partner of the U.S. Navy. Propulsion Controls Engineering is, and has been for decades, the go-to partner of the U.S. Navy and there can be no better reference than that. In addition, the company offers a wide variety of other maritime services. Enjoy your boating experience!

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