How Long Does a Marine Inspection Take?

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Time for a Boat Survey or Marine Inspection 

Next to buying a home or a car, buying a boat is major decision. Just as you have a house appraised and inspected, you should be equally diligent when seeking to purchase a boat or yacht. When buying used especially, it is crucial to ascertain the true condition and history of the vessel. This will not only help you negotiate the correct market value, but will ensure you are fully aware of what you actually investing in.  

How Much Time? 

At TB Marine Services of Stuart, FL we know all too well how important these boat inspections are and strive help our clients have a full understanding of what is entailed. For example, how long should one expect the process to take? First of all, the process is only begun after an offer has been accepted (pending marine inspection of course), so at this point, both parties want to move right through to signing the final documents without a whole lot of red tape in between. This is understandable. But not to worry! 

The most common survey, the condition and value (C&V) survey, or pre-purchase inspection only takes a day, with a written report available in the next business day or two. This also includes the sea trial, or “test-drive.” We’ve discussed in other posts some of the specific steps which make up the general process. Keep in mind that the surveyor may advise additional steps or further inspection upon finding areas of concern. Please do not hesitate reach out with individual questions or concerns. We understand that there are factors that change the time frame and cost of the survey but we hope to offer some general guidance and education here. 

Society of Accredited Marine Surveyors (SAMS)

Whether you decide to use TB Marine Services or not, be sure to use an accredited Marine Surveyor.*


*All examinations are performed in a non-destructive manner. An official marine survey report based on the Standards set forth by The Society of Accredited Marine Surveyors, American Boat, and Yacht Council, National Fire Protection Association, and US Coast Guard requirements will be provided detailing Market value, Recommendations, Replacement costs, Comments on overall conditions of the vessel.

 See marine survey Industry-standard required content per Society of Accredited Marine Surveyors (SAMS)

*SAMS®  Membership Roster includes close to 1000 surveyors in the United States and over 20 other countries around the world

For a free quote on a Pre-Purchase Survey, TB Marine Services has you covered. 



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