Photo Credit: Gustav Schmiege Photography
Tue July 16th, 2024
4:30 PM PT / 7:30 PM ET

Understanding The Vessel Survey Process

An online class to define the purpose of a boat survey, understand the scope of a survey, and what to expect on the survey day.
90-Minute Live Session
On Demand Replay Available
Live Q&A
As you consider the purchase of a boat, hiring a qualified and experienced marine surveyor to carefully inspect the vessel on your behalf is essential.  In this class led by surveyor and sailor AARON BANDSTRA we will look at what a survey does and does not cover with a lot of examples and photos.  Also, we will discuss the roles of the seller, broker, buyer, surveyor and others in the survey process.




We think it's important to share why we’re so passionate about teaching you what we've learned about sailing. See, we teach it because we live it. It wasn’t too long ago that we were trying to figure out how to chart our journey and set sail. We did all the research, watched the YouTube videos, and read thousands of articles and blog posts. Everyone was saying something different! It was overwhelming and made the decision to start our adventure even harder. Quite frankly, we were nearly terrified... But we didn't give up on our dream life. Through trial and error we found what works, and more importantly, what doesn’t work. Over the last few years, we’ve been able to help change thousands of people’s lives by sharing our experiences.

Chris and Keith of Bluewater Cruising

Understanding The Vessel Survey Process


Who is this class for?

This class is ideal for anyone considering the purchase of a boat, whether a Catalina 30 for local cruising or a Hallberg-Rassy 69 for extensive offshore voyaging, a thorough marine survey is worthwhile. 

What Will I Learn?

In the class, sailors can expect to get an inside view of surveying with discussion of the safety requirements, standards compliance, hull integrity and systems reliability key to safe and enjoyable sailing.
Photo Credit: Gustav Schmiege Photography



(included with purchase)
  • The players involved in a survey
  • A typical survey schedule
  • Inspection items covered and documented
  • What happens on a sea trial
  • Tools of the trade
Photo Credit: Gustav Schmiege Photography


Aaron Bandstra
Aaron Bandstra NAMS-CMS has been working in the marine industry since 1999, first as a shipwright and later as a boatyard manager.  In 2019 he began working under the mentorship of surveyor Matt Harris, NAMS Retired Life Member, benefiting from Matt’s extensive experience and thorough approach, later taking over the company when he retired.  Aaron has some offshore experience, but mainly inshore sailing experience exploring Washington and British Columbia waters in his Scandinavian 32.
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Bill’s racing experience covers the spectrum, including everything from dinghies to maxis, ponds to oceans, and foredeck to helm. Bill has taught sailing and racing for over forty years throughout North America, Europe, and Asia. His books and programs have been translated into eleven languages. Graduates of his seminars and clinics number in the tens of thousands. They are winning races and cruising with confidence the world over.

TUE JULY 16TH, 2024
@ 4:30 PM PT / 7:30 PM ET (90 min)

Regular Price
ASA Member Price


All registrations include unlimited on-demand access to the recordings of the live online class. So if you are unable to attend live you can still register and watch at your leisure.


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