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At the time of this publication in early 2014 hundreds of vessels, ranging in size from 14’ to 60’, have been surveyed or appraised by Frank Abbey.
Frank Abbey, C M S Marine Surveyor
The purpose of a survey is to determine the condition of a vessel's structure and equipment, and to approximate its value. Most surveys are done for a specific  purpose,  such as insurance,  financing,  pre purchase,  or are needed as a result of a loss from damage, theft,  or accident. As a potential buyer or owner the survey can assist you in determining whether the vessel is in a safe and seaworthy condition. Barring special conditions such as an accident a survey is often required every 4 to 5 years by insurance companies. Pre Purchase Survey   A Pre purchase survey is a (C&V) survey with a complete inspection of  the hull, including the bottom and in most cases should include a sea trial. This is the most complete survey and is recommended when purchasing a used vessel. The overall condition  of the vessel,  equipment,  and engines will be assessed. This inspection will also determine the fair market value and condition of the vessel. Shipping Container Survey  ISO/CSC shipping containers are subjected to rules  that indicate a periodic inspection be conducted by a trained inspector. We conduct these inspections routinely.

C&V Survey

C&V surveys are usually  needed by insurance companies and financial  institutions to determine the condition and value so that an amount of insurance or financing needed can be determined and or the amount of loan which may be available. This type of survey also be used to determine the fair market value of  the vessel for Estate purposes or  value for a  vessel which may be donated to a Charitable organization.

Damage Survey

A damage survey is most often required by an insurance company after a  loss has been incurred due to an accident or other event. .

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