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What To Expect of a Marine Survey

Captain Chris has MORE GOOD STUFF ready for you! To better prepare you for what to expect during a marine survey we present this downloadable PDF chock full of photos and how-to information. Our primary focus in this Ask Captain Chris article is what you as the boat owner can expect from surveys of fiberglass power vessels less than 65 feet:

  • Types of surveys
  • How to find the right surveyor
  • What you will experience during the survey
  • Some of your responsibilities as the buyer. 

Many of our clients have never experienced a marine survey and are often surprised at what it does and does not provide as a significant part of the boat buying process. What To Expect Of A Marine Survey is a detailed and downloadable PDF of 44 pages and includes so many photographs that will offer you, the boat buyer tips on how to get the most from your survey experience.

Whether this is your first survey or you are lucky enough to have already owned a boat, before you pay for a survey it is helpful to have an understanding of the equipment to be surveyed and a fundamental expectation of what the survey may discover. We offer these observations and explanations as an eye opener to the prospective boat owner with this caveat: Do not fall in love with your boat before your survey. Now let's take a peek behind the curtain and see how the adventure begins...Just Ask Captain Chris!

PLEASE NOTE: Once your order is placed you will receive an email from with a link to download the PDF. Be sure your email address is entered properly and check your spam folder. If you do not receive the link within 30 minutes please email us at so we can help you.


Captain Chris Yacht Services is a husband and wife team of cruising coaches. We have been training couples for many years with hands-on boating. Now our years of experience are also available to you through training videos and at work-shop seminars in Vero Beach FL. Browse through our video library for you or your favorite captain. Then see which boating seminar you’d like to attend. Great gifts for you and your favorite crew member.