AIMAQ – The ideal marine inspection

To get the best results of a marine inspection, here are some useful observations:

  1. To the extent possible, the customer should be present for the inspection to ask questions and/or answer questions from marine surveyor.

  2. In an ideal world, the boat should be inspected both afloat and ashore as is done in the U.S., while in Quebec, insurers prefer the latter.

  3. Before the inspection, the owner will clear all storage space, particularly in areas containing systems.

  4. A professional marine surveyor will not inspect a boat if its shell is frozen or if it rains thoroughly. If he does, it must be noted in its report that such and such analysis is not valid.

  5. Ideally, the inspection of the boat will not happen if work is in progress on the boat If it is, and that the inspection must take place anyway, the marine surveyor will be extremely cautious and avoid taking on responsibilities incumbent to the site or to the owner who carries out repairs / renovations.

  6. All equipment (electronics, safety, schedule, etc..) should be on board. Thus, the marine surveyor can make a complete description, more responsive to insurance requirements or to a potential buyer, and will also serve as reference in the event of a claim.

  7. A potential buyer will favor a clean, tidy boat, with a clear deck and accessible spaces.

  8. If the batteries are charged, the marine surveyor can test the electrical and electronic systems, be it in terms of the powering. In the same vein, if the inspector has access to AC other tests could take place.

  9. In the case of a prior to purchase inspection, it is strongly recommended to have the engine inspected by a certified mechanic and / or tested it in real situations. In addition, a proviso mechanical inspection by a marine mechanic should be included in a purchase transaction.

  10. Note on the sails: Given the limited space requirements in order to inspect the sails, the marine surveyor is limited to the inventory in this respect. A certified sail inspector could carry out such inspection.

  11. Note on the rig: Unless the client specifically requested and for obvious safety issues, the rigging and mast are inspected only from the bridge.

The maritime inspection report

The marine survey report contains many pages. The recommendations, illustrated by photographs, are divided into three categories: A – Safety recommendations to correct before the launch. B – Recommendations to correct in the year following the report. C- Recommendations or notes cosmetic in nature.

A copy of the report in PDF format is sent to the client via the Internet as soon as the report is completed, between two to seven days after the inspection. A printed copy is available if the customer requires. This type of appraisal report complies with the AIMAQ and the SAMS, and recommended by the Chapman School of Seamanship.

Finally, the report includes a section devoted to the evaluation of the vessel under its current market value. This assessment is based on the tables of BUC, NADA, Canadian Boat Value Book, and also on many recognized brokerage sites. These values vary depending on the currency exchange rate Canada-USA.