Cruising the waterways of Northwest Florid
Robert Kriegel Marine Services offers the following services to the boating public, insurers, lenders, and the marine community.
Sail the beautiful waters of Northwest Florida. Charters can include day trips to the historic Fort McRae and adjacent beaches, or offshore sailing out Pensacola Pass into the Gulf. Overnight trips can include anchorages such as Pirates Cove – home of the famous cheeseburger, or Ingrahm Bayou – undeveloped and pristine. Longer cruises can go offshore to Old Pass Lagoon in Destin, to Panama City and Shell Island, or to Apalachicola. All or the cruises can be coordinated with ASA instruction, or can be simply leisure – enjoying the wind, water, scenery, and marine life of northwest Florida.
A pre-purchase (condition and valuation) marine survey includes a complete detailed visual inspection of all accessible areas of the vessel. This includes inspection of the vessels structural condition (hull and stringer systems), and all other systems including propulsion machinery and controls, steering system, electrical, plumbing, heating and air conditioning, generator sets, shore power, standing and running rigging (deck side) as well as operation tests and sea-trialing to the extent practical. The survey will result in a comprehensive written report, a listing of priority and other deficiencies and problems, and an appraisal of the fair market value of the vessel. A typical C&V survey on a 30’ vessel in fair condition will involve several hours on the boat, and another several hours of research and report preparation. The hard copy of the report will be delivered or mailed within three working days of the inspection.
Typical deficiencies include out of date or inspection, or missing or inoperable safety equipment; hull delamination or excess moisture, broken tabings, gel-coat crazing; frozen seacocks; rotten, deteriorated, or noncompliant exhaust and fuel hoses and lines; faulty or loose steering equipment; leaks in the plumbing and sanitation systems; unsafe wiring; faulty or inoperable bilge pumps; corroded standing rigging, and rotten running rigging; and so forth.
Why obtain a survey when you can check the boat out yourself? First, the surveyor will provide the prospective buyer with an objective evaluation of the condition and value of the boat. However, the surveyor is not the buyer’s advocate, the surveyor’s role is to objectively assess the boat, and to provide the client as much information as reasonably possible concerning the condition and value of the boat. A thorough survey provides information resulting in a more knowledgeable buyer with a better end result. In addition, most banks will not finance and insurance companies will not insure without a survey from a qualified marine surveyor; as such, a survey eventually will probably be required.