Located In Gloucester, VA
​Private & Commercial Yacht Inspection, Appraisal & Consulting
Marine Damage Claims

Serving the Recreational & Commercial Boating Communities of Virginia & Beyond

Eric P. Smith, SAMS- AMS


Pre-Purchase Survey This is the most comprehensive type of inspection, and is strongly recommended when purchasing a new or used vessel. Condition and overall operation of the vessel will be inspected. The survey content evaluates the overall condition of the vessel including areas such as structural integrity, electrical systems, the propulsion system, the fuel system, auxiliary machinery, navigation equipment, miscellaneous on-board systems, cosmetic appearance, electronics and overall maintenance in addition to an out-of-water hull inspection and a sea trial. 

Insurance Survey Also referred to as a Condition & Valuation Survey, this assessment is performed so that the insurance company can make a determination of whether or not the vessel is an acceptable risk. Insurance providers are primarily focused on the overall structural integrity and safety standard compliance for the vessels intended use. Insurance companies generally require surveys of older boats. They also typically require an appraisal of the vessel’s fair market value. 

Appraisal Survey This assessment is performed to gather adequate information to support or determine the fair market value of the vessel. This is typically required to secure financing, or assist with estate settlements, donations and legal cases or if an owner wants to establish the current value of their asset. 

Damage Survey All damage claims and accident investigations are performed with our partners at Knox Marine Surveyors & Consultants. Additional information regarding damage claim surveys can be found here: Knox Marine Surveyors & Consultants 

Bottom Inspection This type of survey is exclusive to the exterior hull of the vessel. Once the boat has been hauled out, the wetted surface of the hull will be inspected for bottom paint condition, indications of blisters, water intrusion, cracking or any other potential hull and underwater appendage damage. Early detection and correction of such issues can help prevent them from developing into potentially catastrophic and or costly issues in the future. 

Oil Samples Upon request, Homeport Marine Surveys will collect a small volume of lubricant from the marine engine(s) and generator(s) for the purpose of oil analysis. An oil test can provide valuable information about the metal wear and general condition of the engine. We ensure that procedures are used to minimize disturbance of the sample during and after the sampling process. The samples are drawn into a small, clean bottle, which is sealed and shipped to Blackstone Laboratories, an industry leading and independent laboratory in Indiana, for analysis. 

Consulting Looking to purchase a new or used boat in the near future? Searching for boat transportation companies, dry storage, detailing services, outboard marine technicians or mobile diesel mechanics? HMS can help. Contact Eric at (804) 832-7996 or via email at info@homeportmarinesurveys.com for more information.

Homeport Marine Surveys, LLC

Gloucester, Virginia

(804) 832-7996

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