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Pre Purchase Surveys
Pre Purchase Surveys, also known as Condition Surveys, are holistic surveys covering all areas of the vessel and its various parts. This includes the hull and all its reinforcing members, the keel(s), rudder(s) and associated steering gear, through hull fittings and seacocks, the hull to deck join, the deck, cockpit and superstructure, standing and running rigging, spars and chainplates, ground tackle, lifelines, engine(s) and associated tankage and plumbing, navigational equipment, electronics, batteries, cooking facilities and gas, bilge pumping arrangements, firefighting and other life saving equipment, heating, heads, plumbing, tankage, portholes, interior fit out and more.
This survey is vital prior to the purchase of a vessel to ensure that the condition of the vessel is well known and well understood. With a meticulous Pre Purchase Survey, compiled into a highly detailed report, the prospective owner has a solid understanding of the condition of the vessel in question, and this way they will not be met with unforeseen costs, or worse, with failures at sea, having been fully informed of the vessel's condition, and any areas of concern, in a report created prior to the vessel being bought.
My surveys involve extensive testing. Testing every single part of a vessel where possible offers a more objective understanding of the part's condition, quality, strength and/or suitability. This results in factual, quantifiable surveys, and eliminates opinion and assumption where it is not required which offers you a better insight and greater understanding to your new vessel.
A Pre Purchase survey of a standard 30' yacht will take a full working day to complete. Some will complete a survey in half this time, and we all have different styles of working, but for me I know the time and effort it takes to holistically inspect and survey a vessel, and I have seen the myriad subtle causes of failures, and the knock on effect of such failures. This is why it is paramount to take as much time as is necessary time to complete the survey thoroughly.
Following completion of the survey a detailed report will be sent to you usually within a week of the survey date. Following on from this, I offer what aftercare I can by answering any questions and queries and offering advice where applicable. Some old salts and sea dogs do not require such a service, but others may, and offering help and advice where it is needed will help keep sailors and all other water users safe, which is the top priority of sailors and surveyors alike.
Scroll through the photo gallery to get an insight into what is seen and found on such a holistic survey.