Frequently Asked Questions

  • Are AC Yacht and Boat Surveyors Qualified and Insured?
    Yes, we are qualified. A Graduate of the International Institute of Marine Surveying (IIMS).                                 Yes, we carry full Professional Indemnity insurance.  
  • What type of boats do you survey?
    We carry out surveys on all types of craft, please contact us to discuss.
  • Does my vessel have to be out of the water to be surveyed?
    Yes, although we can usually undertake a survey if the craft is ‘in the slings’, however, getting reliable meter readings could be difficult. If it is not possible to have the craft out of the water, preferably 4 – 5 days prior to the survey, we can carry out a limited survey, this will be written in the limitations of the survey.
  • How long does a survey take?
    That depends on the size and complexity of the craft. For a comprehensive pre-sale survey on a 30 foot vessel, would take a working day.
  • How soon after the survey will I receive the report ?
    The full report, (which will be between 10 and 15 pages in length) will be with you within 5 working days. Although we will contact you by phone if you wish to have a general synopsis.
  • Do you do osmosis tests?
    Yes. To get meaningful readings the vessel should have been out the water for four or five days, dependant on temperature and humidity.
  • Do you do engine surveys?
    This will be a general external inspection of equipment, engines, bearers, fuel lines and fuel systems, hoses, connections, clamps, filters, fuel tanks, exhaust. The equipment will not be run up if the vessel is on the hard.
  • Do you survey rigging?
    Rigging can only be surveyed to head height if the mast is stepped. If they are un-stepped please make sure the mast and rigging can be identified.
  • How much does the survey cost?
    We use a formula that relates length to beam and construction. Our minimum fee is £150 (inc VAT). An approximate guide would be to work on £10/ft LOA.
  • What do I get for my money?
    After completion of the survey a comprehensive report of between 10 and 15 pages will be produced this will include photographs. The report will include recommendations for remedial work and some advisory recommendations that may help with the maintenance and upkeep of the vessel.