Vitaliy Kulesh, CDN 1st Class Motor Eng., B. Eng.

Certified Marine Surveyor
437 233-6444

Marine surveys across North America

Expert maritime agréé
WHITBY, ON 437 233-6444

Relevés marins à travers l'Amérique du Nord

How do you choose a Marine Surveyor ?

What does the C & V survey consist of ?

This survey is limited to the needs of insurers and as such does not provide the same depth of inspection or level of detail as a pre-purchase survey. The C & V survey may not be used for that purpose. The vessel is identified by its model and unique hull number, as is all the major equipment aboard. This inventory is concerned primarily with safety related and/or high cost equipment. All documentation should be aboard the vessel – registration or license etc. Through visual inspection and use of appropriate tools, including traditional percussion and moisture meter, the structural integrity and soundness of the hull, decks and cabins are determined. Special attention is paid to sections and fittings below the waterline. Safety related features of the boat over and above requirements are noted, as are deficiencies, with consequent level of risk evaluated. All systems, including engines, are inspected for gross deficiencies. Trailers are not inspected as this is the responsibility of the appropriate provincial authority. No invasive or dynamic tests are performed. In the case of sailboats, installed rigs are normally not inspected above deck level unless there are clear indications this is required. An evaluation is included, Fair Market Value determined by recent selling prices of similar vessels in your area. Consideration is also given to the value of added equipment.

Is it better to do the survey afloat or ashore ?

Both situations present some limitations. However through a variety of techniques a surveyor can perform a C & V survey afloat or ashore.

Who gets the report ?

The report is emailed, faxed or snailmailed to you and/or your insurance provider, as you specify.

What if you disagree with a part of the report ?

The Marine Surveyor has to maintain his or her integrity, and report all conditions he/she witnesses aboard the boat. However, as the client you have every right to question the report. A revisit to the boat may be required.

In Canada and the US, independent Marine Surveyers are not regulated by government. However there are self-regulating associations that work to establish standards of qualification and survey technique. The principal national Canadian association is the Transport Canada Marine, in which I am certified as a 1st Class Motor Engineer and also I hold Pleasure Craft Captain License. The major factors to consider in choosing a surveyor are length of service in the industry, number of surveys performed, total absence of conflict of interest, and most important – reputation and integrity. And the surveyor’s technique and report validity must be recognized by key stakeholders (insurance and financial institutions.)

Who gets the report ?

The report is emailed or snailmailed to the entity commissioning the survey.

Who pays the fees ?

The entity commissioning the survey pays the fees.

Other questions ?

If you have other questions, please do not hesitate to contact
me by email or telephone.