Dennis Snider Marine Surveyor





What is a Marine Surveyor? 

A marine surveyor conducts inspections, surveys or examinations aboard ship to assess, monitor and report on the condition of the ship, as well as attending the manufacturers of new equipment intended for new or existing vessels, to ensure compliance with various standards or specifications. Surveys typically include the structure, machinery and equipment (navigational, safety, radio). 


Why should you have a vessel surveyed? 

Most insurance companies and banks will require them on older vessels. They will need to know her condition and fair market value in order to finance and/or underwrite the vessel. Knowing her condition and fair market value before you purchase is also important. However, the most important reason to survey your vessel is for the safety of the passengers and crew.

Services available:

Pre-Purchase Survey: This is a comprehensive ten to fourteen page written report (depending on size of vessel) on the overall condition of the structural components and systems of the vessel together with recommendations and a market price evaluation. This inspection is strongly advised when purchasing a new or used vessel.
Insurance Survey: This inspection is performed so that an underwriter can determine whether or not the vessel is an acceptable insurance risk. It is a full survey with an emphasis on the safety and integrity of the vessel and compliance with current marine standards.
Appraisal Inspection: This is a report that gathers enough information to justify or determine the fair market value of the vessel. This would normally be needed for financing, estate settlements, donations and legal cases.
Deck Core Moisture Analysis: Determines the degree of moisture penetration / migration into deck sandwich cores. A non-destructive digital capacitance type moisture meter is used and a detailed "moisture map" identifying problem areas and/or delaminations is provided. 
Consulting by the Hour: To work at the client's direction. Typical work in this category would include damage surveys, repair inspections, sea trials and litigation representation.

How should I prepare for the survey?

Time and additional expense can be saved by preparing the vessel for inspection and making her more accessible.

Arrange to present a clean, shipshape boat, and have all papers and miscellaneous gear ready. 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. Lockers and cabin areas should be cleared of all miscellaneous gear.

The surveyor should never be asked to prepare a boat for inspection. The surveyor may request minor dismantling of interior ceilings, headliners, flooring, etc. in order to gain access to the suspected areas. Random removal and examination of below-the-waterline fasteners on wood boats may be required. Any dismantling and re-installation of parts should be performed by qualified personnel and is the responsibility of the person ordering the survey.

Written authorization from the owner may be needed to board and/or to remove part of the vessel.

My Qualifications

Over 40 years experience in the recreational marine industry, specializing in all aspects of service and repair.
18 years in the marine insurance industry, including 7 years as a senior claims examiner with a major Canadian marine insurer.
Currently residing in Thunder Bay, Ontario. Serving all of Northern Ontario and Eastern Manitoba.

"I really don't believe any boat I've given a clean bill of health to has either blown-up or sunk!"   Dennis Snider

Contact Information

Serving Northwestern Ontario and Eastern Manitoba

Postal address
2025 Murray Avenue, Thunder Bay, Ontario CANADA P7E 5B2
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