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The Art of Pre-Purchase Survey

A Marine Survey Textbook
by A Marine Surveyor with 40 years experience

Whether you are a beginner or just looking to brush up on your knowledge and skills, marine surveyor David Pascoe shares his knowledge and experience based on a 35 years career surveying in the "yachting capitol of the world" Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

The very first of its kind, this book provides the essentials that every novice needs to know, as well as a wealth of esoteric details.  Loaded with over 200 photographs and drawings by the author.

From Outboards to Mega Yachts
This Book Features:

  • Basic Principles and Legal Responsibilities
  • Procedures & Efficiency
  • The Difference Between Sound and Seaworthy
  • Selecting the Right Jobs and Customers and Staying Out of Trouble
  • Dealing with Clients, Brokers and Captains
  • Tools of the Profession
  • Elements of Sound Hull & Structures
  • Common Faults in Marine Systems
  • Electrical Systems and Plumbing
  • Gas Engines Surveys
  • Conducting Sea Trials
  • How to Make an Appraisal
  • Writing Professional Reports

Specifically Targeted:

High End Outboards, Sports Fishermen, Motor Yachts, Trawler Styles, Express Cruisers, Family Cruisers

If you have been looking for a comprehensive text on surveying modern power boats and couldn't find one, look no more.

Written for both the aspiring, novice and experienced surveyor, it provides a foundation of essentials for anyone who wants to begin a marine surveying career, or just hone up on one's skills and knowledge.

The profession of marine surveying is not just about boats; it's about people and boats. That's why four of its 18 chapters are devoted to the practicalities of the business side of surveying.

Main change in 2nd edition are:

Chapter 7 "Using Moisture Meters" - New Chapter

Chapter 5 "Hull and Is Structure" - Expanded, reorganized.

Chapter 6 "Sufveying the Hull" - Expanded, reorganized

Full table of contents

From "Preface To 2nd Edition" by the author:

In the four years since its introduction in 2001, the sales of this book have greatly exceeded my expectations, particularly since they have been purchased not only by professionals in boating industries, but also by boaters and by people from all over the world, something I never expected.

Between the mid 1990's and today, the boating industry has changed like never before.

A vast array of new materials and techniques has been introduced that strongly bear on the surveyors work.

This second edition endeavors to bring it up to date as much as possible.

The reader should be aware that our collective knowledge about how well new ideas and materials function runs close to ten years behind the times.

Our very small profession has no general clearing house or common collection agency of experience.

Most sharing of information is done over the telephone or occasional seminars. Moreover, it takes quite a long time before problems become manifest and then word gets around.

The revisions concentrate primarily on the nature of new materials and designs, in addition to the resurgence of cored hull problems as exemplified by the Sea Ray debacle.

To accomplish this, chapters “Hull and Its Structure” and “Surveying the Hull” are expanded, reorganized and a new chapter “Using Moisture Meters” is added for this edition.

Copyright© 2001 - 2005 David H. Pascoe

surveying Fiberglass Power Boats Surveying Fiberglass Power Boats
- 2nd Edition

Soft Cover
480 pages
Publisher: D. H. Pascoe & Co., Inc.
Published: 2005
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0965649601
ISBN-13: 9780965649605

Price: $34.50
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David Pascoe - Biography

David Pascoe is a second generation marine surveyor in his family who began his surveying career at age 16 as an apprentice in 1965 as the era of wooden boats was drawing to a close.

Certified by the National Association of Marine Surveyors in 1972, he has conducted over 5,000 pre purchase surveys in addition to having conducted hundreds of boating accident investigations, including fires, sinkings, hull failures and machinery failure analysis.

Over forty years of knowledge and experience are brought to bear in following books. David Pascoe is the author of:

In addition to readers in the United States, boaters and boat industry professionals worldwide from over 70 countries have purchased David Pascoe's books, since introduction of his first book in 2001.

In 2012, David Pascoe has retired from marine surveying business at age 65.

On November 23rd, 2018, David Pascoe has passed away at age 71.

Biography - Long version