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Pre Purchase Survey


This type of survey is specifically designed for anyone wishing to purchase a motor boat or sailing vessel.

Survey Details

We will inspect the vessel to the highest degree of detail, taking it through 25 to 35 core non destructive tests as listed below dependant upon the type of vessel.
Hull, Deck and Structure
1.Details of vessel (Description, dimensions, registration etc.)
3.Hull below waterline
4.Topsides above waterline including rubbing strake
5.Deck moulding
6.Coach Roof
8.Hull/Deck Join
9.Bulkheads and Structural Stiffening including Internal Mouldings
Steering, Stern Gear and Skin Fittings
10.Rudder and Steering
11.Stern Gear
12.Cathodic Protection
13.Skin Fittings and other through hull apertures
On Deck
14.Main Companionway and other Access to Accommodation
15.Ports, Windows
16.Pulpit, Stanchions, Pushpit, Lifelines and Jackstays
17.Rigging Attachment Points
18.Ground Tackle and Mooring Arrangements
19.Other Deck Gear and Fittings
20.Davits and Boarding Ladders
22.Standing Rigging
23.Running Rigging
24.Sails and Covers
25.Navigation Lights
26.Bilge Pumping Arrangements
27.Fire Fighting Equipment
28.Lifesaving and Emergency Equipment
29.Engine and Installation
30.Fuel System
Accommodation and on board systems
31.Accommodation General
32.Gas Installation
33.Fresh Water Tanks and Delivery
35.Electrical Installation
36.Electronic and Navigation Equipment

Every system on board the vessel will be tested from the integrity of the hull to checking the helm seat supports. Engines would need to be seen running by a Marine Engineer. The survey report is followed by a list of 'Essential' and 'Non-Essential' recommendations, my conclusions and a valuation.
In order to carry out a Pre Purchase Survey, the vessel will need to be ashore or held in slings so that we can check the moisture content and the condition of the laminate on the hull. It must be noted that some systems on vessels cannot be checked whilst the vessel is on the hard.
Most Insurance Companies require this type of survey before they will take on risk any new instruction. Therefore if you want peace of mind and like to know exactly what you are buying before you commit to purchase, this survey is for you and can subsequently be presented to your Insurance Company, avoiding any delay in getting on the water!