Marine Surveys by Day Yacht Services, Inc., John E. Day, SAMS® AMS®®, Morehead City, North Carolina, USA Day Yacht Services, Inc.

Morehead City, Atlantic Beach, Beaufort,
Outer Banks, Wilmington areas of North Carolina

Serving the Northeast and Southeast regions of the United States

John E. Day, SAMS® AMS®

Certified Infrared Thermographer
Principal Marine Surveyor
Office/Mobile: 252-241-7287



Services We Provide
Infrared Thermal Inspection

This inspection is performed using an infrared camera that can detect potential problems that are invisible to the naked eye. It is a non-destructive method used to test electrical, mechanical and power generating systems of a vessel and will also detect delamination, blistering and any structural defects in the hull. The infrared camera shows images of heat radiation which is displayed on a video monitor which shows the temperature variations allowing the surveyor to determine the severity of any heat-related problems. The use of infrared thermography allows the surveyor to see anomalies that are invisible and are otherwise difficult or impossible to detect. It is a quick and accurate inspection that can locate problems prior to damage or failure.

Outboard Engine Diagnostics

After a substantial investment in computers and software, this service now allows us to quickly look at actual engine hours, history of engines RPM's, engine status, and fault codes. We can diagnose Yamaha, Suzuki, and ETEC/Evinrude outboard engines if they have an ECM and also perform compression tests on outboard motor cylinders.

Pre-Purchase Survey

This is the most comprehensive type of inspection, and is strongly advised when purchasing a new or used vessel. Condition and overall operation of the vessel should be examined. This covers structural integrity, electrical systems, the propulsion system, the fuel system, other machinery, navigation equipment, miscellaneous on-board systems, cosmetic appearance, electronics, and overall maintenance as well as an out-of-water inspection and a sea trial.

Insurance Survey

This inspection is performed so that the insurance company can determine whether or not the vessel is an acceptable risk. They are interested in structural integrity and safety for its intended use. Most insurance companies require a survey on older boats. They will also want to know the vessel's fair market value.

Appraisal Inspection

This inspection is performed to gather enough information to justify or determine the fair market value of the vessel. This is normally needed for financing, estate settlements, donations and legal cases.

Damage Inspection

This is performed to assess the extent of damage, recommend repairs, estimate repair cost, and if requested, possible cause.


Preliminary (Quick Look) Inspection

This is a service primarily for out of town clients who wish to have someone check out a vessel to see if it appears to be as advertised, before expending the time and expense of flying in to see it. This is not a survey, and there is no written report. We will forward pictures to help the client decide if the vessel is worth pursuing further.
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