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Marine Surveys

Marine surveys and appraisals of yachts and small craft for insurance, finance, prepurchase, damage and donation. Captain Ariel is proud to serve South Florida. If you are purchasing a new or used boat, if your insurance company is asking you for a marine survey inspection, or if you need help selecting the right boat for your family then call Captain Ariel today.

Surveys are performed to ABYC (American Boat and Yacht Council) voluntary standards and recommended practices, NFPA (National Fire Protection Agency), the CFRs (Code of Federal Regulations) guidelines, and the mandatory standards promulgated by the United States Coast Guard (USCG).

All vessels can benefit from a survey. Our reports are professional, easy to read, and clearly written. They are accepted worldwide by all financial and insuring institutions.

Credentials, Education, and Experience:

 Chapman School of Seamanship (yacht and small craft survey program graduate) 2005
USCG 100-ton OUPV license (Marine Merchant) since 1998
Florida State University, Master's of Science in Science Education, 2001
Nova Southeastern University, Bachelor's of Science in Education, 1996
Published boating and fishing author for nationally recognized publications
PADI Open Water Scuba Diver

Insurance Survey
This inspection is performed so that the insurance company can determine whether or not the vessel is an acceptable risk. They are interested in structural integrity and safety for its intended use. Most insurance companies require a survey on older boats. They will also want to know the vessel's fair market value.

Pre-purchase Survey
The most comprehensive type of inspection, this pre-purchase survey is strongly advised when purchasing a new or used vessel. Condition and the overall operation of the vessel should be examined. This includes such items as structural integrity, out of water inspection, sea trial, electrical systems, propulsion system, fuel system, machinery, navigation, miscellaneous on board systems, cosmetic appearance, electronics, and overall maintenance. If a survey is done at any time for the previous owner it may not be totally accurate for you the purchaser. Your surveyor works only for you.

Appraisal Survey
This inspection is performed to gather enough information to justify or determine the fair market value of the vessel. This is normally needed for financing, auctions, estate settlements, donations and legal cases.

Damage Survey
This is performed to assess the extent of damage, recommend repairs, estimate repair cost for the boat, and if requested, the probable cause. Whether its following hurricanes or damage of any sort the insurance underwriters and lenders will request damage inspection surveys prior to paying claims. They need an impartial report on which to base their settlement. This marine survey will determine the cause and extent of the damange as well as the probable cost of the repairs.

Consulting Service
Ariel can represent your best interest in repairs, maintenance, new construction, vessel operation, and selection or replacement of a new/pre-owned vessel.

Expert Witness / Marine Investigation
Liability, subrogation, scene investigations, and litigation support.

Please contact Capt. Ariel directly for rate quotes. Fees are quoted based on individual circumstances of where the boat is located, the type of boat and the logistics required to complete the survey. Please call us with the details and we will be pleased to give you a quote.
For More Information Please visit; miamiboatsurvey.com
*Physical inspections take one hour to several hours however most completed written reports require 3 business days . Faster service is available for an additional 15% of total survey fee quoted payable in advance.

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