Recommendations in a survey report should stand on their own. You shouldn’t have to go back to the body of the report to understand the recommendation, and it should describe the deficiency and its potential risk, corrective actions needed, and cite specific standards when applicable. As an example, if the AC electrical outlets in the galley and the head compartment need to be ground fault circuit interrupt (GFCI) protected, the recommendation should cite “ABYC Standard E-11”, and possibly include some of the verbiage from the standard. The language in the standards is generally written for engineers or technicians, and can become a bit confusing for the typical boat owner or insurance underwriter, so including the whole section of the standard is not always appropriate.

Sometimes a survey report may include a line such as: “Due to the technical and hazardous nature of the repairs required, the AC electrical system should be evaluated by an ABYC Certified Marine Electrician and the system modified or repaired to comply with ABYC Standard E-11”, i.e. hire a qualified electrician when needed. The recommendation should not go into too much detail in saying HOW to fix the problem, especially in technically complex situations. The guidance should be to follow the applicable ABYC standard.