How much does it Cost?
Most Marine Surveyors base their fees on the size of the vessel. Usually, the total cost is calculated by multiplying a dollar figure by the vessel's Length Overall (LOA) as taken from published specifications. In doing this, the surveyor is using the vessel's size as a surrogate for the difficulty, complexity, and time required to perform the inspection and prepare the subsequent report.
Many surveyors also charge for mileage, any extra time required for a sea trial, and inspection of the underwater sections if a separate lift out is required.
For a 30 foot sail boat of moderate complexity, a typical fee would fall in the range of $500 to $600 plus expenses and other charges as noted above.