Findings: What are they and how are they determined?

Findings are the listing of discrepancies and observations obtained during the course of the survey. These are grouped into three categories:

  • Items that should be corrected immediately and before further use as they are issues of non-compliance with USCG or State requirements and/or affect the safety of the vessel, passengers and crew.
  • Items that should be corrected as soon as possible and
  • Items that are upgrades, improvements and affect the value of the vessel.

Recommendations are made for correcting the findings or referral to a specialist for further inspection. The mandatory standards promulgated by the United States Coast Guard (USCG) under the authority of Title 33 and 46, Code of Federal Regulations (CFR’s) and the voluntary Standards and Recommended Practices developed by the American Boat and Yacht Council (ABYC) and the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) are used as guidelines for our reports.

Additional Findings, Recommendations and Comments that are of the opinion of the attending surveyor may may also be included within the written report.  Many of these pertain to good marine practice, recognized industry standards or general common sense.