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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.


Cargo surveyors inspect loads of cargo to address safety and liability concerns associated with the contents of the cargo and how it is loaded or handled. Customers include remote shipowners concerned about cargo, insurance companies, captains, and government agencies.

If the cargo hasn’t yet been loaded up, the surveyor can review it in a warehouse and discuss the loading plan. Cargo surveyors usually take pictures and make ample notes while they perform their jobs, to create documentation they may need later. The cargo surveyor also looks out for safety issues, like improperly sealed explosives, that could pose a hazard to the ship. Cargo surveyors also want to determine if cargo is properly stowed. It should be securely fastened and must be arranged in a safe and logical way


  • Is there a corrosion issue on your boat?
  • Is damage occurring to the metal?
  • What’s causing this?
  • What can be done to protect your boat?

There are many types of corrosion that could be occurring, galvanic and stray current to name two. Dissimilar metals dipped into an electrolyte like water can cause galvanic corrosion, and the combined effect of separate electrical systems on each boat in a crowded marina plugged into shore power can be a bigger problem. A corrosion inspection by a knowledgeable technician can put your mind at ease by discovering your hull potential and analyzing the amount of cathodic protection you have installed. A corrosion survey will report the cathodic protection on your boat, check the AC and DC grounding systems and tell you the electrical potential of your vessel. This information and any recommendations to improve your protection will be provided in a detailed report.

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.