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Surveys & Inspections

of GRP, Wood, Steel and Aluminium Vessels

Surveys and Inspections of GRP, Wood, Steel and Aluminium Vessels

Surveys & Inspections

of GRP, Wood, Steel and Aluminium Vessels

Surveys and Inspections of GRP, Wood, Steel and Aluminium Vessels

Pre Purchase Surveys

Boat inspections accross Wales and the South East

The Pre Purchase Survey is a comprehensive inspection of the boat. The survey of a typical vessel may require a full day, depending on the defects discovered. The prospective buyer is welcome to attend the survey if they wish to get a better understanding of the findings.

The survey report is compiled under the following headings, not all sections are appropriate to every craft:

  • Hull external
  • Topsides
  • Through hull fittings & valves
  • Deck gear
  • Hull internal
  • Controls
  • Fuel system
  • Gas system
  • Fresh water system
  • Black water system
  • Electrical installation
  • Navigation equipment
  • Miscellaneous equipment
  • Keel & skeg
  • Stern gear
  • Deck & superstructure
  • Mast rigging & sails
  • Accommodation
  • Machinery
  • Bilge pumps
  • Heating other than gas
  • Grey water system
  • Cockpit & other drains
  • Freezer, refrigerator, air conditioning
  • Radio equipment
  • Safety equipment & firefighting

The report also includes a summary and a list of recommendation. Moisture meter readings are part of the survey for GRP and wooden vessels.

An Ultrasonic Thickness Test Report can be provided in addition to the Pre Purchase Report for steel and aluminium craft. There is a reduced fee for the thickness testing if conducted at the same time as the Pre Purchase Survey. The survey fee for narrowboats includes Ultrasonic Thickness Testing.

A valuation does not form part of a Pre Purchase Survey, but a valuation for insurance or finance can be included if required.

It is important to understand that a condition survey will include only a visual inspection of the engine and gearbox and we would urge you to to be wary of any surveyor offering a a full engine and hull survey.

Full engine surveys should be undertaken by a marine engineer. ideally a specialist in the particular make of engine. However if requested, we can provide an oil analysis service where in addition to the visual inspection of the engine, a sample of engine and if required gearbox oils can be taken and sent for laboratory testing.

Oil analysis can allow the boat buyer to gain a snapshot of the internal condition of an engine that can be a useful addition to the Pre Purchase Survey. Please also see other services.

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