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How to Prepare Your Boat for a Marine Survey

Time and additional expense can be saved by preparing the vessel for inspection and making the boat more accessible. Arrange to present a clean, shipshape boat, and have all papers and safety gear ready.

The surveyor is not responsible to prepare a boat for inspection.

Popeye Mrine Group Vessel Preparation

If applicable, you will need to make arrangements with the marina to haul the vessel for bottom inspection, and retain a captain for sea trials. PMG can help arrange a captain for you.

​Lockers and cabin areas should be cleared of all miscellaneous gear.

All locked compartments should be unlocked or combination/key location provided.

If performing a sea trail, ensure the vessel has fuel, life jackets, and all USCG required safety gear.


The boat should be clean and free of excessive personal items and accessories that may clutter any inspection area.

Hull sides and decks should be cleaned and free of excessive dirt and debris.

Batteries should be fully charged. If possible, the boat should be plugged into shore power.

Ensure bilges are clean and free of debris or water.

Provide information of recent upgrades or replacements.

The surveyor may request minor dismantling of interior ceilings, headliners, flooring, etc. in order to gain access to suspected areas of interest.

Any dismantling and re-installation of parts should be performed by qualified personnel or vessel owner and is the responsibility of the person ordering the survey.

Written authorization from the owner will be needed to board and/or to remove parts of the vessel. You will receive this form from Popeye Marine Group once the survey is set up.

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