When a hull survey has been carried out within the last 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, it may be chosen for an In-Water Survey to be carried out. This is, in effect, a Pre-Purchace Survey so far as it is possible with the craft afloat.
The Hull - Where visible and accessible
Signs of damage and corrosion
Steering Gear - Tiller/wheel, connections and rudder
Security within fixings and operation
Propultion - Engine (installation, not running), propeller shaft, stern gland, 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 would fall within a Sea Trial Survey)
Electronics - Navigation, VHF Radio, instruments
Basic operation (more detailed would fall within a Sea Trial Survey)
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, 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 availabe. 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 the areas covered within a Hull Survey are not covered within an In-Waater Survey. Also, that a sea trial can be requested of the owner or Broker in order to assess the engine in use and the electronic instruments. The survey does not provide nor ensure comliance with BSS requirements.
See Terms and Conditions for a more full explanation of limitations