Hardcover: 392 pages
Publisher: Bradan Publishing (December 10, 2014)
There have been many books written on marine surveying, but this is different and would be an asset in any marine surveyor’s library.
John Kilhams IIMS
This is an interesting book and approaches the marine surveying subject from a new angle. Marine surveyors are generally surveying used or second hand craft. But it is my opinion that the book would be of great assistance to a client intending to instruct on the construction of a new vessel, in the main giving clear guidelines about how to legally protect his/her investment. There is information on the responsibilities of all parties with details on check lists and contracts which should make any process more controllable as everyone will understand what is expected of them.
This book would be extremely useful in the training of potential surveyors as the book covers virtually all issues which the surveyor is likely to become involved in. There is a lot of useful information on how the industry operates. It also gives guidance on organisational requirements and how to work within a team. All useful stuff if you are just starting out in the marine surveying game.
To dream of purchasing a new Yacht is a joy and this idea is, naturally, accompanied
with imaginings about the day of delivery to the intended use thereafter.
Seldom are prospective Owners aware of the true depth of knowledge and
diversified talents that go into each and every Yacht, no matter her size.
The idea of owning a new Yacht becomes more a complex and detailed
one when grounded with reality, but hopefully, it will have a pleasant
ending. Proper guidance, with a dash of trial and error, can vastly aid toward
the project being realised as close to the desired result as possible.
The objective of this book is to guide the reader through the labyrinth of
Yacht building. One way is a checklist that is included in each section right
from the very beginning of the concept through to the delivery and cruising
It can be confidently said, that no matter one’s experience with
supervising new builds or one’s hard earned professional title, the inevitable
pit-falls can be reduced dramatically if a formal procedure is followed from
the very start to the finish. The process of managing and supervising a new
build is simply too vast to enable one to remember absolutely everything!
Whilst a lot of the information herein may be straight forward for the experienced
Yacht Captain or Marine Surveyor, it may prove however, to be inspiring for
prospective Owners. It has also been designed to help him or her understand
and contribute in the amazing experience of building a new Yacht.
I have incorporated the knowledge gained during my 30 years of active Professional captaining experience. This also includes a diploma of Marine Surveyor, a certificate in Naval Architecture, an A grade Electrical license and above all, supervision in multiple new builds, some of which have incorporated cutting-edge technology to cruise the seas with the maximum efficient functioning for both guests and crew.
Furthermore, in addition to my own personal experience, I have included the professional wisdom from eight different sources to settle certain key questions, which will shed light on many of the myriad issues that arise during a new build.
Note: generally, nothing compares to employing a professional Naval Architect or Marine Surveyor to oversee the new build. What I propose is, that everyone involved in the new build can, in their own particular way, follow the checklist included in this book to help achieve the goal of building and delivering a successful new Yacht.
Capt. C. Mark Souter
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