Survey Preparation

It is important that the vessel is properly prepared for the survey as this will help us give you the survey you require.

General preparation
Make sure we have the correct vessel details and location. Ensure the yard/broker or owner knows when we are coming and we have access to both the yard and the vessel.

Health and safety
The vessel must be safe and accessible. We reserve the right to not go aboard if the vessel is unsafe or access to the site is unsafe.

Please ensure all the keys are available for the boat and for access to the yard or site.


Please make sure batteries are connected and charged.

Have sails available for inspection. Remove unnecessary equipment and personal effects. Please leave bilges clean and make sure we have access to all areas.

Masts and Booms and Standing Rigging
These can only be surveyed to head height if they are stepped. If they are un-stepped please make sure they can be easily identified.

Have all service records, warranty documents and invoices to confirm major repairs and renewal of major equipment available. Invoices for Standing Rigging and for Sail Drive Gaskets and Stern Drive Bearings and Bellows are very important.
Please have equipment manuals available.
A general inventory would also be of great assistance.

If they have been removed please have Make, Type and Serial no.

Have the hull pressure washed to remove fouling growth. Please do not reapply antifouling until after the survey as we may need to remove small areas of antifouling to get moisture readings and to check condition of the gelcoat.

Moisture Readings for GRP Hulls
To get meaningful meter readings the vessel should have been out the water for four or five days, dependant upon temperature and humidity.

Please note it is not possible to make an effective survey when the vessel is alongside a wall as parts of the hull and keel will be inaccessible