Why are surveys important??
Surveys are very valuable to obtain, whether before selling your vessel or before buying a vessel. A survey is a buyers assurance of the vessels condition, while you can be dazzled by a freshly polished vessel, you are never truly aware of the mechanical portions true story unless you get your hands dirty. If your selling and would like an insight of items that might come up in a full survey or you are looking to purchase a vessel and need a good once over to make sure your making the right choice, a mechanical inspection is a good way to go. A surveyor is working only for the hiring party and will only report information gained to said party. It is the surveyors responsibility to find out the true condition of the vessel in the time given of the survey (weather, access to vessel and compartments, if a component is not operational, it may hamper a complete and full inspection).
Mechanical Inspection Report
A mechanical inspection report covers the operation and condition of propulsion and generator engines on a vessel. Having an engine survey is a critical step when buying a boat because it provides great insight into the condition of a vessel’s engine and generator.
Our in depth mechanical inspection report begin with an initial visual inspection of the engine’s condition as well as the condition of the associated equipment such as engine mounts, hoses, clamps, etc.
This inspection also includes:
- Inspection of controls
- Inspection of electrical system
- Inspection of cooling system
- Inspection of exhaust system
- Inspection of engine mounts
- Inspection of hoses, clamps and belts
Wide open throttle (WOT) testing
A WOT test will reveal several performance parameters and will make sure the propeller and engine are properly matched. It will also confirm whether or not the engine is capable of producing maximum RPMs for an extended period of time without experiencing problems such as overheating, smoking, vibrating or abnormal fuel consumption.
The sea trial will check RPM, pressures and temperatures by running the vessel. At this point we are able to check the vessel’s gauges for accuracy. During a sea trial the transmissions will be monitored for temperature and performance. The generator will also be run and loaded using items onboard.
We draw samples of the engine and transmission oil for laboratory analysis. The results of this analysis can alert you to a variety of issues ranging from worn out bearing to leaking head gaskets. Our report will include the results as we receive them along with an explanation of the results.
At the conclusion of our mechanical inspection we will provide you with a thorough assessment on the condition of your boat’s engine, transmission and generator. This will include all the information we gathered during our inspection, copies of the oil samples, photo's of any issues that we viewed, and a write up of the operation of the mechanical components.