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The bulkhead forward of the engine room on this Regal Commodore is rotted, as you can tell by just looking at it in this instance. Further testing revealed the stringers under both engines were also rotted. This turned out to be a bad day for our customer. We were hired to do an insurance survey,...

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Here is a great example of why you should hire a surveyor for a pre-purchase survey before you buy that next boat or yacht! What you see here is a rotted bulkhead and upon more investigation it was found the stringers were also rotted by using percussion testing technique and then following up wi...

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In the list of things that could sink your boat, this is among the top. Ever take a big wave over your boat? Wonder where the water drains to when you wash your boat? These deck drains are made to scupper the water back over the side. If the hoses are not connected the water will drain into and q...

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Can you spot the problem? If you see water staining like this it should be a huge red flag. This particular boat was leaking water through the stanchion rail and anchor windlass above, and now the bulkhead you see is partially rotted, and the upholstery is soiled. The anchor locker bulkhead i...

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You'd never know by just looking at it, but the deck surrounding the chain plate on this 36' sailboat has delaminated and the coring is saturated, as evidence from the percussion (hammer) test which produced a distinct "thudding" sound, and then placing a moisture meter on it. The chain plate is ...

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Here is a big no no. The exhaust hose in the picture has been repaired with duc-tape. Instead of replacing the cracked hose the owner decided to try to fix it cheap. It's imperative that exhaust hoses and components are kept in good working condition to avoid carbon monoxide leaks that could make...

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The swim platform on this old Carver was soft from core rot. I bet you can guess why! The rust stains around the boarding ladder mounting bolts is a tell-tale indicator that water has been leaking into the swim platform causing the core material to rot and the platform to get soft. A new swim pla...

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We recently found this fuel filter on a survey of a center console fishing boat. Be sure and replace your fuel/water separators yearly! This one was 7 years old and rusted so bad it developed a pin hole leak and was leaking gas into the bilge. All it takes is one spark to cause an explosion! Call...

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Testimonials

3 months ago
John at Southern Marine surveying is very thorough, very knowledgable and very easy to deal with. As a first time boat buyer he helped me out quite a bit, and offered to help out at anytime. Very professional and I highly recommend to any one!!
- Gary R
2 years ago
As far as I am concerned John is the best marine surveyor out there. His communication from the initial call, through scheduling, and then after providing the survey report was exceptional. It stands out that he takes pride in his ability to deliver customer service and his attention to detail for his clients. He even took the time to accommodate my schedule and go through every detail of the report at 8pm at night. Very much appreciated. John is extremely knowledgeable and I would recommend Southern Marine to everyone I can.
- Reeves C
2 years ago
John's communication in advance of the survey was timely and informative. His inspection of the boat we were looking at was methodical and thorough. For us as new boat owners, we very much appreciated John's willingness to answer not only specific questions about the boat he was inspecting but more general boating questions. We not only highly recommend John to anyone looking to purchase a used boat but would not hesitate to use his services again ourselves. His report was well worth the cost. Thanks John. Bob and Gina.
- Bob B

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SAMS (Society of Accredited Marine Surveyors) Marine Surveyor and USCG Licensed Master specializing in pre-purchase, insurance and finance related needs. Yacht and boat inspector.

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