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 usage of a vessel. No two vessels are the same, and therefore no survey is the same. Therefore, every survey must be thorough and meticulous to understand its condition holistically. The findings are then created into a highly detailed, clear report for the client.
GRP / FRP Surveys
GRP, standing for Glass Reinforced Plastic, vessels make up the majority of vessels built today as they are cheaper and require less maintenance than wooden or steel vessels. However, this is not to say GRP is infallible.
Steel is a fantastic material. It is very tough and relatively flexible, and with a welder, and a little know how, it can be worked and repaired with relatively little skill in most environments. 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 often from the inside out, 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.
Plywood is found in almost all vessels afloat today, with some being constructed completely of plywood. It is strong, workable and largely reliable employed as structural bulkheads, backing pads, washboards, hatches, doors, cupboards and more.
The plywood photographed here forms the backing pad of a folding deck plate to which Jacklines are attached.