Quite simply you need a survey for peace of mind. Of course banks and insurance companies require them but truthfully you want to know what you are buying. You need to know if the vessel is safe, what the value is, what will you have to address immediately (prior to the purchase or after), and what you need to worry about in the future. One of the worst things that can happen after a vessel is purchased are unexpected mechanical, operating, or comfort system issues that result in downtime. There is nothing more disheartening than taking your family out for a cruise or heading out to fish with your crew and the vessel doesn't perform as expected. Boats are are constantly transitioning, stuff happens, being prepared for those instances is 75% of the battle when operating a vessel. Our job is to inform you of the current state of the vessel and items to prepare for in the future. The fact that a survey may be required by financial or insurance institutions is secondary, our first job is to let you know what you are getting into. Whether you are a new owner, experienced operator, or maritime professional - we look at vessels differently and you will benefit from our opinions and point of view.
Blue Squared Maritime is operated John Gallagher, SA®, in association with industry professionals throughout the southeast, we pride ourselves on excellent customer service. I am a SAMS Surveyor Associate and have been on the water my entire life. I have had the unfortunate experience of being misinformed about a vessel I was purchasing and paid the price. I have worked on boats since my first boat (1978 18' Thunderbird tri-hull with a wonderful (sarcsam inserted here) Chrysler outboard - I have a great story about this boat), I know what is takes to operate a vessel, large or small. I have been stranded offshore and had to leave the boat ramp more times than I can count because of vessel issues. I've busted more knuckles and cursed more times than you can imagine while turning wrenches on a boat. I know what it means to have an accurate report and will do all I can to provide that. If I can't - I'll make sure one of our professional associates is there for you, providing the finest service available in the industry.
I don't need to overwhelm you with superfluous opinions to get my job done, I simply need to relay accurate information in an easy to understand manner. Issues with a vessel aren't the end of the world and don't need to be presented as such. If an item comes up during a survey that is a deal breaker you need to know about it and I will properly relayed that insight to you, if not I will let you know the options you have available. I work for you and only you . . . period.
All systems are fully tested, engine monitoring, radar, gps, sounders, auto pilots . . .
Inboard, outboard, I/O, (gas & diesel) we check them all. Visual inspections, testing (compression checks, leak down tests, and fluid samples), sea trial performance testing . . .
Soundings, moisture readings, thermal inspections, you will know the condition of your hull . . .
Electrical, fire system warning and suppression fuel, water intrusion, you need to know you're safe . . .