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If you have a SAMS/AMS survey that is less than 2 years old, I believe that BB will accept that.
Also, my understanding is that BB had a "network" of surveyors that would do a BB survey for $100... The boat owner was responsible for paying the $100 fee, or it could be deducted from the payment to the owner from the first rental. Now that "network" may just be one surveyor, and they may not offer that anymore.
They also have a standardized form that any SAMS / AMS Surveyor can fill out. You can find that form here: https://app.box.com/s/yvnt3pt2nkq37wt1a8gf
If your boat is 30' or less in length and is between 11-25 years old, your boat can be approved by completing a Boatbound Self-Survey Inspection. The inspection form consists of two sections, a written portion and photos. The written section requires a basic rundown of the boat (engine, navigation equipment, safety equipment etc.), while the photo section requires the following photos of your vessel:
Overall Boat - Bow, Stern, Port & Starboard
Outboard Engine(s) - Overall Engine, Lower Unit & Propeller
Inboard Engine(s) - Overall Engine, Propeller & Shaft
I/O Engine(s) - Overall Engine & Outdrive Inc. Propeller/Skeg
Steering Station - On Tower & Cockpit
Hull ID - If photo is not clear please take a rubbing and supply photo of the rubbing
Trailer - If applicable
Once we have received your signed and completed Boatbound Self-Survey, we will immediately forward the form to our insurance provider and should receive an answer within 2-3 business days.
My boat is 35 feet and 27 years old (and my interest in allowing others to charter my boat has waned), so the self-survey does not apply.
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USCG Licensed OUPV Captain, ASA 101/103/104/105 Certified Instructor - Also certified in Recreational Marine Electrical Systems