Survey & Consultation Services

MARINE SURVEY: This is the most comprehensive inspection of a vessel. The purpose of the survey is to gather as much information about the condition of the vessel before purchase. The survey will consist of an inspection of the topsides, hull, cabin and interior that are normally accessible. A haul out and inspection of the bottom and underwater machinery. An examination of the visible structural supports of the vessel. A complete inspection of the electronics, fuel system, steering, electrical system, sanitation system and safety equipment to ascertain their operation. A sea trial is conducted to evaluate the overall performance of the vessel. An examination of all vessel documentation, hull numbers, and the history of service records when available. A current market valuation and replacement valuation of the vessel will also be given.

INSURANCE SURVEY:  This survey is meant to be a general overview of the vessel and its systems for insurance underwriting and financing. This type of survey is intended for use by insurance and finance companies to determine an underwriting decision of a particular vessel. This survey will not approach the level of a pre purchase survey. The primary focus is to identify the vessel, its equipment, overall condition and general value without testing full system operation. It also seeks to identify hazardous conditions that pose a safety risk to the vessel and its passengers. An assessment of vessel safety equipment as per the Canadian Coast Guard and ABYC requirements are stated.


Whether you are looking for guidance in your particular legal matters or you require in-court expert testimony with regard to vessel operation, structures or assemblies, our professional marine surveyor's can be called upon for consultation services. Well versed in Transport Canada, Coast Guard, National Fire Protection Agency, Canadian Standards Association, and American Boat and Yacht Council standards and regulations, our surveyor can provide you and/or the courts the valuable objective information your case requires.


Some repairs can be conducted by the boater via hired professionals. One of our marine surveyor's can provide professional guidance and oversight to ensure that these repairs are carried out with the proper materials and equipment to ensure professional results.  Please contact us for a quote.


Before departing on a long-term voyage, we can give valued advice on the proper outfitting of the vessel and on the appropriate safety equipment required for the journey. Please contact us for a quote.


If you are looking for very specific information on your hull's integrity or relative moisture content, you might be interested in our non-destructive testing methods.  This testing is highly recommended prior to application of any protective surface coatings to the hull or deck structures.


Is a comprehensive water test to determine the positive operation of the vessels machinery, systems, and structure.  On the sea trial, not only is the engine and overall vessel performance evaluated but also the steering, controls, shafting, engine mounts, and exhaust systems are checked.  We will examine structural elements of the hull while under load.  On gas engines, we perform a rudimentary engine inspection.  What this means is that we "performance test" the engines along with a complete visual inspection.  While this may not seem like much, you can learn a lot just by observing the engines operating condition.  We will check for oil leaks, coolant leaks, and fuel leaks.  We ensure that all belts and hoses are performing properly and not frayed or leaking.  We inspect to see if the engine is turning the recommended RPMs and is running within the manufacturers specifications.


Compression testing of outboard motors is a standard and important service.  Without proper compression, an engine will not run smoothly and damage may occur.  Our surveyor will make a recommendation if low or high compressions are noted.


This test will indicate faulty seals in both the upper and lower half of the gear casing.  If water is allowed to enter the case, this will cause excessive friction on the gears and engine.  If the water is not detected, this can lead to expensive gear case repair and poor performance. 


Is a test used to determine if excess moisture is present in areas of the hull that are not visible to the naked eye.  Moisture can be present without delamination occurring and this can pin-point potential problem areas.  This type of testing may be undertaken on a vessel that shows signs of moisture intrusion around fittings, blisters, or soft spots in the transom stringers and bulkheads.


One of our professional surveyors can test your boat for proper bonding and adequate zinc anode protection. We can also check for stray current corrosion.  Corrosion is a serious problem and if left unchecked can deteriorate submerged metal fittings like props, lower units, and thru-hulls in a matter of days.


We offer a full range of vessel winterization services to protect your boat from the harsh Canadian climates.  We will come to your boat and preform all the necessary services.

INVESTIGATIVE SERVICES: This assessment is required whenever damage to or loss of a vessel occurs. A report of this nature identifies the 'scope of the damage' and covers everything from osmosis analysis to impact damage assessment. The report includes a detailed description of the damage and recommends repairs and an estimate of the associated costs in order to return the vessel to its previous condition at a standard shop rate (based on repairs deemed necessary by Marine Associates of Port Perry Inc. and in accordance with ABYC and Canadian Coast Guard standards. Insurance companies typically require a Damage Survey in the event of a claim on loss or damage, and this report provides them with the information they require to make an informed decision regarding settlement of the claim.