I agree with EddieS on this. I use thermal imaging in my surveys, but it depends on the boat and the issues that are found. Depending on what kind of survey it is, I may or may not charge extra. If it is an hourly rate for a damage claim inspection
, I will not charge extra. I use it as an extra tool to help establish my findings (such as in delamination
issues, or faulty electrical
equipment). If the Client wants it as part of a pre-purchase survey, then I may add an extra charge, because it will make the survey inspection
and report writing phases longer to do. Thermal imaging is great for finding heat anomalies where you would not otherwise see it. It sees thermal radiation so no light at all is needed. You can actually see the thermal raditation with an infrared camera
in complete darkness. I have some sample infrared images
on my website and in blogs that I have written.