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The underwater components, hull integrity and moisture detection are the keys to uncovering common pitfalls on any size powerboat. With almost 10 years of experience, Marian Hoskins, Accredited Marine Surveyor, has the tools and experience to provide a detailed analysis of the condition of your powerboat. All systems onboard are analyzed including electrical, propulsion, fuel, other machinery, navigation and electronics. An out-of-water inspection and a sea trial are highly recommended.


Marian Hoskins, Accredited Marine Surveyor, has 30 years of sailing experience, owns a 37-foot sailboat and is an active racer. She is familiar with many different sailboat rigs and deck arrangements. She knows where to look for the rigging pitfalls and common structural failures which is key in obtaining a quality sailboat survey that pinpoints areas of concern. This also provides a valuable record of condition in the event of fire or damage in the future.

Appraisal and Refinance

The Uniform Standards for Professional Appraisal Practice (USPAP) are used to prepare the appraisal report. Schuss Marine has worked with countless insurance companies and banks to provide assistance in refinancing, re-insurance or appraisal for lending.


Strongly advised when purchasing a new or used vessel. Condition and overall operation of the vessel should be examined; covering structural integrity, electrical systems, propulsion system, fuel system, other machinery, navigation equipment, miscellaneous on-board systems, cosmetic appearance, electronics, and overall maintenance plus an out-of-water inspection and a sea trial.


Most insurance companies require a new survey every 5 years for vessels older than 10 years. These surveys are provided to the insurance company so the owner may continue coverage. This is essentially a C&V survey because the survey includes the vessel value, which cannot be obtained unless the surveyor thoroughly evaluates the vessel.


Insurance/Consumer Damage Appraisal

Damage appraisals are performed to assess the scope of damage, recommend repairs, estimate repair cost, cause of loss or failure, and if requested, subrogation possibilities. Damage appraisal reports usually include customary repair costs and costs associated with upgrades, maintenance and extraneous operations.

Usually the insurance company retains the surveyor to determine the cause of loss and determine the extent of loss related damage. A vessel owner can retain a surveyor for the same purposes, but on the owner’s behalf.

Moisture Analysis

If moisture in the hull and deck is your main concern, a full moisture analysis can be achieved for much less than the cost of a full survey. A visual inspection, a hammer tapping of the hull and analysis with a marine moisture meter are the multiple non-destructive services used to detect for moisture intrusion, identify the source of leaks and uncover delamination.