Pre Purchase Boat Surveys

Pre Purchase Boat Surveys

Buying a  boat is usually a significant purchase and slightly daunting, so you need to know the facts about the current condition of your potential purchase.

The pre-purchase survey is conducted on behalf of the potential new owner and will usually be conducted once the price has been agreed and a deposit has been placed with the broker. This deposit will not usually be refundable unless there are any structural or serious defects found during the survey, which may end in the buyer either pulling out of the sale, or as is more common negotiating with the vendor for a proportion of the costs involved to have any defects rectified.

We will look over all aspects of the boat and report on its condition, systems and what defects are present. Our reports are in plain English and are often used to discuss prices with the broker, raise finance and obtain insurance.

Contents of Pre-purchase Survey:

Hull, Deck and Structure

  • Details of Subject Vessel, (General Description, Dimensions, Registration etc.).
  • Keel
  • Hull below Waterline
  • Topsides above Waterline including Rubbing Strake etc
  • Deck and Superstructure Moulding
  • Flybridge
  • Hull/Deck Join
  • Bulkheads and Structural Stiffening including Internal Mouldings

Steering, Stern Gear and Skin Fittings etc

  • Stern Gear
  • Rudders and Steering
  • Trim Tabs & Bow Thruster
  • Cathodic Protection
  • Skin Fittings and other through Hull Apertures

On Deck

  • Ports and other windows
  • Main Companionway and other accesses to Accommodation
  • Ground Tackle and Mooring Arrangements
  • Pulpit, Rails and Mast
  • Boarding Ladders, Swim Platform & Passerelle
  • Sails & Covers


  • Navigation Lights
  • Lifesaving and Emergency Equipment
  • Bilge Pumping Arrangements
  • Fire-fighting Equipment


  • Engine Installations and Controls
  • Fuel System

Accommodation and On-Board Systems

  • Accommodation general
  • Gas Installation
  • Water Tanks and Supply
  • Heads
  • Electrical Installation
  • Electronic and Navigation Equipment
  • Heating, Refrigeration System & Microwave

    *Other equipment including but not limited to- Outboards, Dingies, Life Rafts etc. will also be inspected if present when surveyed