Types of Marine Survey


Below is a list of items covered in the Survey suitable for Pre-purchase Surveys, Sale or an Insurance Condition Surveys.

Items generally covered

  • Hull & Deck structure: internal and external
  • Rudder Steering gear
  • Stern gear, propeller
  • Bulkheads
  • Chainplates
  • Keel
  • Main deck hardware
  • Openings, ports, windows, hatches
  • Skin fittings & sea cocks
  • Cathodic protection
  • Stanchions, hand rails
  • Masts spars & rigging. If the mast is stepped this will only be done to head height
  • Sails, if they can be laid out
  • Gas installations. (visual inspection)
  • Fuel installations
  • Fire fighting equipment and safety equipment
  • Plumbing
  • Toilet installations
  • Bilge pumps
  • Ground tackle 

This will be a general external inspection of equipment, engines, bearers, fuel lines and fuel systems, hoses, connections, clamps, filters, fuel tanks, exhaust systems. The equipment may not be run up.

This will be a visual inspection of installation, switch boards, batteries wiring & electrical items.

Osmosis Check:
This may involve the removal of sample areas of anti-fouling, this will enable us to do moisture meter checks with a Sovereign or Tramex meter. We will inspect blisters and assess if they are osmotic.

Hull Thickness Survey:
We use a Cygnus 4 Multiple Echo gauge this allows me to measure hull thickness without removing coatings. 

Insurance Surveys:
This survey is performed so that the insurance company can determine whether or not the vessel is an acceptable risk. They are interested in structural integrity, equipment and safety for its intended use. Most Insurance Companies require a Survey to put a vessel on risk and subsequently every five years if the vessel is over 20 years old. They will also want to know the vessel's fair market value is.

Damage Surveys:
To report on the damage area recommend repairs and if needed give a probable cause.

Valuation surveys:
Any estimate of valuation provided is based on known average retail values achieved by craft of similar type and condition in the same location and should not be confused with the replacement value, which may be substantially higher, particularly in the case of rare or unusual boats. Valuations assume a willing buyer and a willing seller and the current market conditions at the time of the valuation and are based on opinions and are not representations of fact.

Yacht and Boat Viewings:
If you live some distance away from the craft you are considering, I can inspect the boat on your behalf. This is a preliminary inspection and the cost of it will be deducted from the pre-purchase survey fee.