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An Introduction to the Yacht and Small Craft Industry and the Role of the Yacht and Small Craft Surveyor

  • The yacht and small craft industry
  • Yachting regulation and safety
  • The purchase of a yacht
  • The law and yachts
  • Health and safety for the marine surveyor
  • Surveys and survey organisations
  • The professional surveyor
  • The yacht and small craft surveyor in specialist roles
  • The yacht and small craft surveyor in practice
  • Organising the survey
  • What makes a good surveyor?
  • Types of surveys

The Essential Basics of Carrying out a Yacht survey

  • Types of survey
  • The survey process
  • The report and follow up
  • The surveyor’s bag
  • Attributes of good surveyor

Report Writing for Marine Surveyors

  • Introduction
  • The basis of reports
  • Preparing for the report
  • Report types
  • Writing the report
  • Touch typing

Running a Successful Yacht and Small Craft Surveying Business

  • Running a successful yacht and small craft surveying business
  • The business plan
  • The value of your time
  • Marketing your business
  • Preparation – the swot analysis
  • Finance
  • Choosing your office
  • Time management
  • Challenges and solutions

Essential Law

  • Introduction
  • Legal concepts
  • Maritime law
  • Marine insurance and claims
  • Table of cases

Surveying GRP Yachts

  • Introduction
  • History
  • Basic fibreglass materials
  • Resin
  • Reinforcement
  • Sandwich construction
  • Building techniques
  • How is a boat laid up?
  • General nomenclature for FRP craft
  • Building defects
  • Failure modes of cored laminates
  • Keels
  • Osmosis
  • Moisture meters
  • Practical surveying of GRP craft

Surveying Steel and Aluminium Yachts

  • Steel
  • Aluminium
  • Aluminium and steel – a comparison
  • Design and fabrication of small steel and aluminium craft
  • Structure
  • Rudders
  • Boat fabrication
  • Corrosion
  • Anodes and cathodic protection
  • Protecting steel and aluminium
  • Stress and associated faults
  • Damage
  • Surveys and surveying methods

Surveying Wooden Boats

  • Introduction
  • Wood as a construction material
  • Wooden boat construction
  • Degradation of wooden boats
  • The wooden boat survey
  • Case study – investigation into the sinking of wooden vessel on the River Thames

Surveying Yacht Engines and Systems

  • Introduction
  • Types of engine
  • Engines
  • Drive systems
  • Exhaust systems
  • Air conditioning
  • Water systems
  • Fuel systems
  • Bilge pumps
  • Gas system
  • Electrical systems
  • Safety equipment
  • Limitations of a marine surveyor

Surveying Rigs and Sails

  • Introduction
  • A brief history
  • Rig types
  • Mast construction materials and fabrication techniques
  • Rigging
  • Health and safety in rig surveying
  • Common rigging faults
  • The surveyor’s tools for masts and rigging
  • The limitations of the surveyor’s role in rig surveying
  • Sails
  • History
  • Sail types
  • Sail materials
  • Methods of sail surveying
  • The surveyor’s tools for sail inspections
  • The limitations of the surveyor’s role in sail surveying
  • Rig and sail accessories
  • Deck hardware

Valuation Survey

  • Introduction
  • Valuations
  • Aspects of value
  • Valuation methodology

Sea Trial

  • Introduction
  • Equipment
  • Engine tests
  • Steering tests
  • Information recording and reporting
  • Conclusions