Surveying Fiberglass Power Boats
by David Pascoe
In the chapter 2 we discussed the importance of good communication between surveyor, client and seller or broker in setting up the survey to ensure that all runs smoothly.
Once the survey has been set up and we're ready to begin, a new level of planning begins.
Ideally, we don't want to hop aboard the vessel and then immediately have to take off for a haul out or sea trial.
We want at least a few hours to get our bearings and start sizing things up. The larger the vessel, the more time it will take to orient ourselves.
Those who've been surveying a while will have already developed their own routines. The novice needs to develop a strategy for each type of vessel.
A 72' motor yacht that is literally three stories high presents considerably greater challenges than a single level 32 footer. Let's look at what should be done first and why.
The size of a vessel is often more a matter of magnitude than complexity. An 80' motor yacht may not be appreciably more complex than a 40 footer.
There's just a lot more of it, of everything, from plumbing to washing machines and bar equipment.
On the other hand, some small, cramped boats can be harder to survey precisely because of the lack of space. Or cramming too much in a too small space.
Having a plan and being able to follow it minimizes errors and oversights, as well as improving efficiency.
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Table of Contents: Chapter 4
4. Procedures 71
Order and Progression 71
Working with Captains 72
Engine Surveyors 73
Opening Up 74
Where to Start 74
File Management 77
Memorizing Techniques 78
The Hauled Survey 78
Sea Trial 80
Post Survey 81
The Surveyor's Kit 84
Digital -vs- Film Cameras 86
- 2nd Edition
by David H. Pascoe
Publisher: D. H. Pascoe & Co., Inc.
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:
- "Mid Size Power Boats" (2003)
- "Buyers’ Guide to Outboard Boats" (2002)
- "Surveying Fiberglass Power Boats" (2001, 2nd Edition - 2005)
- "Marine Investigations" (2004).
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.