MARINE SURVEYS (Marine Inspection Reports)
Boat surveys are taken and carried out for the protection of the buyer, to ascertain the full condition of the boat, before you do the deal. They provide value for money and assurance that you are getting what you pay for especially for the larger type vessels.
The main types of marine survey are Pre-Purchase (or valuation) and Insurance Survey (for finance purposes).
Others might include -
The Damage survey – Used for an insurance claim.
Sea Trial survey – These are usually included in a main survey for an added fee.
Expert Witness survey – These are used for disputes over major defects after the vessel has been purchased.
What Might be Covered
What the Conditions and Circumstances of the survey are?
The vessels description – Which will include, checks on the identification, title and registration documents.
An underwater hull inspection
Keel, rudder and sterngear
Internal and overall structure
The accommodation; plus gas and electric installations
The portlights, windows, doors and hatches
Engine, fuel tank and system
Sails (if applicable)
If you require a marine surveyor have a look at the links below. These are professional organisations where there members have the proper qualifications, a code of conduct and continue to improve on their professional development. They will also have indemnity insurance as standard.
1. The International Institute of Marine Surveying - http://www.iims.org.uk/
2. The Royal Institution of Naval Architects - http://www.rina.org.uk/
3. The Society of Consulting Marine Engineers and Ship Surveyors - http://www.scmshq.org/
4. Yacht Designers & Surveyors Association - http://www.ybdsa.co.uk/