Pre Purchase Surveys

Why do you need an out of the water survey?

Many boats rarely come out of the water. The condition of the underbody is vital to the structure and value of the boat. A pre purchase survey will give you peace of mind, may save money and will also act as an insurance survey.

Does the survey cover everything?

Much as I may try to I cannot access everything to inspect or test. Each survey is different and as much as possible is accessed. Surveys consist of non destructive testing. I aim for the report to provide the best snapshot of condition of the vessel being purchased within the limitations on the day.

This should allow you to make informed choices when deciding or negotiating on the final purchase of the vessel.

Can Clients attend the survey?

This gives the client the opportunity to see the vessel out of the water. Surveys take a long time so it is best if the client arrives towards the latter part of the survey when the surveyor has a clear picture of the vessel.

Do you inspect engines?

Usually a visual inspection only but if the engine can be run it will be. Without a long sea trial it is not possible to test engines under load for any time. We can provide an engineer’s inspection, oil analysis and compression testing if required, but this is an additional service provided by an independent engineer.

As with cars, an engine may be running today but possibly not tomorrow.

How much does it cost?

I will offer a fixed price for the survey plus travelling expenses. Reports will not be sent out unless payment has been made by internet transfer. A receipt will be sent by e mail with the report. Bank details can be found on my contract.

How long does it take?

Allow a full day for the survey and then up to 5 working days to produce the report. Feedback can be given on the day of the survey either at the yard or by phone.

My reports are comprehensive documents covering all aspects of the boat in clear understandable English, without the use of marine jargon or abbreviations.

Should I choose the nearest surveyor?

Please do not simply select the nearest Surveyor but give others a chance to quote also. All Surveyors travel long distances on a regular basis. As with everything the cheapest quotation may not offer the best value.

What does a boat safety scheme certificate mean?

Unfortunately it does not mean a lot as it only confirms the vessel complied with the Navigation Authority requirements on the day of the inspection. Things may have changed since then and the Boat Safety Scheme only covers a small part of a pre purchase survey.

An owner should supply a Boat Safety Scheme Certificate with the boat if it is for inland use. Rather like an MoT with a car.

What is the Recreational Craft Directive?

The Recreational Craft Directive is a European Directive that applies to all craft when first placed on the European market, this includes all new craft and second hand craft brought into the EU (e.g. from China or USA). It can also apply to craft that may have been used as commercial craft before being put on the recreational market, regardless of age.

It’s primarily aim is to remove barriers for trade between countries.

Can I buy a craft that does not appear to meet the RCD?

If brand new, then No. When brand new, the craft should include: a Declaration of Conformity; Owner's Manual; Builder's Plate (including a CE mark); and a Craft Identification Number (CIN). The CIN has to be permanently fitted to the craft (such as stamped in the hull).

Make sure that you see these before buying the boa

If not brand new, then Yes. The RCD only applies when the craft is first placed on the market or put into service (an example of being 'put into service' would be when used as a hire boat). So, if being sold as second-hand (no matter the age), unless imported from a non-EU country or being an ex-commercial craft, then it does not have to comply with the RCD.

It is recommended that the craft be surveyed before buying.

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