Condition (Insurance) Surveys
Throughout the UK and Europe
Principal Surveyor: Richard Grenham-Thompson
Diploma Marine Surveying (IIMS)
Diploma Practical Small Craft Surveying (YDSA)
An Associate Marine Surveyor with Bowen Marine Surveys which offers specialist expertise
in vintage riveted steel/iron vessels
Based in two locations:
From the River Orwell in Suffolk we are in easy reach of the Suffolk, Norfolk, Essex and Medway coast
From Milton Keynes the Grand Union and Oxford Canals, and rivers Great Ouse and Nene are on our doorstep
KC - 'Thank you for an excellent service. I am very pleased with the survey, it is very clear and well presented. I will certainly be recommending you to my friends when I get the chance'.
MH - 'Excellent knowledge. The report was so easy to prioritise as the way it was laid out. I will certainly recommend you'.
RL - 'Thank you for your report which I found very comprehensive and extremely useful. I will not hesitate to recommend your services.'
RT - 'It was a pleasure dealing with you and you can rest assured that I will have no hesitation in recommending you to other club members.'
AJ - 'An excellent report and your objective findings and recommendations are just what I wanted.'
CC - 'Thank you for a very thorough job.'
DF - 'If I have a chance to recommend a marine surveyor you are the one for me.'
MS - 'Many thanks for the speed that you have completed this comprehensive document.'
MT - A big thank you for the survey and I shall have no hesitation in recommending you to my boaty friends.'
AD - 'A five star service.' Client Comments
Fairline Mirage 29
Vintage Dutch Barge
Widebeam Canal Boat
Merry Fisher 655
Halberg Rassy 312
Broom Crown 37
Sea Ray 38
Vintage Dutch Barge
Buying a boat can be one of the most exciting events in life.
With such a significant financial commitment comes the responsibility of making a good choice.
A Pre-purchase Survey will closely examine the boat and advise you of her condition and potential liabilities.
All boats deteriorate in water - it's the nature of the environment!
A Condition Survey is not as comprehensive as a Pre-purchase Survey but will provide the owner with advice about aspects of maintenance that should be addressed for the longevity of the craft as well as assuring Insurance companies that the craft is in good condition
A survey on land can only tell so much. The prospective buyer may ask the owner or Broker for a Sea Trial (this may not necessarily take place in open water and may be on a canal)
A Sea Trial provides the opportunity to see the craft in action.
Hull surveys are carried out on steel craft on a periodic basis in order to satisfy the owner and Insurance Companies of the continued good condition of the boat, or as part of a pre-purchase assessment.
The survey will only cover aspects that are normally below, or close to the waterline.
When a Hull Survey has been carried out within the previous year or so, a potential buyer of a steel boat may choose to accept this as adequate proof that the hull is in good condition. In these circumstances, an In-Water Survey my be appropriate. This is, in effect, a Pre-Purchace Survey so far as it is possible with the craft afloat.
What Floats Your Boat Marine Surveys is authorised and approved by the IIMS as the Certifying Authority to carry out Tonnage Measurements of vessels upto 24m. This is a requirement of application for MCA Pt1 Registration.