Pre-Purchase Surveys are more detailed than insurance surveys as the objective is to provide the potential buyer of the boat with as much information as possible about its condition prior to committing to the deal. A haul out of the vessel is essential for these surveys, many yards will provide a discounted ‘Lift and Hold’ service provided that the surveyor can be flexible with timings – I always endeavour to keep my customers costs down to a minimum.
The survey combines consideration of the boat’s structural soundness, safety, machinery, equipment, appearance, state of repair/maintenance along with an assessment of value for money.
These ‘Full Condition’ surveys incorporate visual inspections of:-
• Underwater Hull including Keel, Skin fittings, Rudder and Stern gear
• Topsides and Deck which includes Cockpit, Coach roof, Windows, Hatches, Hull interior, Deck fittings and Ground tackle
• Mast, Boom and Rigging
• Machinery, Fuel and Water tanks, Gas and Electrical Installation (Oil Analysis Tests Optional)
• Equipment actually on board verified against that listed by the vendor/broker
This survey also includes, where applicable:- Moisture meter readings,
Ultrasonic metallic plate thickness measurement and percussion soundings
of hull and deck.
The report will also incorporate pictures and recommendations
This survey is an independent, objective, critical appraisal of the craft condition and could result in the purchaser feeling that he may need to re-negotiate certain aspects of the contract to purchase.
My duty is to you, the customer - I am your surveyor.
As a guide to the cost of a Pre-Purchase survey here are a few examples:-
60’ Narrow Boat £500.00
25’ Motor Cruiser £350.00
30’ Motor Cruiser £390.00
The report will conclude with a list of recommendations, conclusions and valuation.
This report will be available within a maximum of 72 hours of the survey, in many cases a copy will be available for email within 24 hours, with a printed copy dispatched immediately after printing.
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