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 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.
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.