The survey is a meticulous exercise requiring the marine surveyor to be patient, thoughtful and considerate. Most surveys require a number of tools and some electronic equipment also. With all surveys there are myriad considerations to be taken into account such as the design and construction, age, past usage and proposed future use of a vessel. No two vessels are the same, and therefore no two surveys are the same. Therefore, every survey must be thorough and meticulous to understand the vessel's condition holistically. The findings are then created into a highly detailed, clear report for the client.
GRP / FRP Surveys
FRP vessels make up the majority of vessels built today as they are cheaper and require less maintenance than wooden or steel vessels. However, the material is not infallible.
The famous sailor Bernard Moitessier argued that one could kick a tin can and a plastic bottle down the street, and within minutes one would understand why a steel vessel is the right choice for offshore sailing. That said, steel is prone to corroding, and this was the down fall of the material in the past.
Tools and Equipment
It is vital for a reliable, objective survey that the tools and testing equipment used are of a high quality, and well maintained, and it is vital for the client to know this, as poor equipment rarely produces reliable results.