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 exmine the boat and advise you of her condition and potential liabilities.
A Pre-purchase survey is the most comprehensive survey undertaken. The survey will examine the craft in some detail and provide an opinion based on the tests carried out.
The report sets out to:
The Hull and Deck
Signs of damage, faults within the laminate, indications of osmosis
Integrity of the keel and security of fitment to the hull
Through-Hull Fittings and Seacocks
Security of fitment, signs of degredation and operation
Steering Gear - Tiller/Wheel, connections and rudder
Security within fixings and operation
Propultion - Engine (installation, not running), propeller shaft, stern gland, propeller, fuel storage and supply
Security on mounting frame, condition of hoses and cabling, watertightness of stern gland, signs of corrosion and wear of shaft bearings
Electrics - Batteries, cabling, charging, shore-power
Condition and security of fitment, security of cabling, AC protection and charging arrangements (not usually tested more detailed assessment would fall within a Sea Trial Survey)
Electronics - Navigation, VHF Radio, instruments
Basic operation (more detailed assessment would fall within a Sea Trial Survey)
Rigging and Sails - Mast, spars, standing and running rigging
Condition and indications of corrosion and failure
Deck Fittings - Cleats, stanchions, guardrails, portlights and hatches
Security and signs of corrosion and leakage
Domestic Systems - Water storage and supply, toilets, heating, refrigeration
Security and signs of leakage and corrosion
LPG - Installation
Compared with accepted good practice (gas tightness is not tested)
Safety - Anchors, flares, jackstays, firefighting equipment
Condidtion and date for use
What Floats Your Boat Marine Surveys will carry out the survey to the best of our ability and within the limitation of access and reasonable tests available. Surveyors carry out non-destructive tests in sample areas and cannot guarantee that latent faults or those that are not reasonably accessible will be noted.
It should be noted that a sea trial should be requested of the owner or Broker in order to assess the engine in use and the electronic instruments. Also, that the survey does not provide nor ensure compliance with BSS requirements.
See Terms and Conditions for a more full explanation of limitations