Canal & Narrowboat Survey
WE HAVE CANAL & NARROWBOAT SURVEYORS – Our scope of work
As well as insurance surveys, we carry out pre-purchase surveys and shell construction pre-fit out inspections.
Many people are turning to buy Canal Boats, Narrow Boats and River Cruisers as their first or second home. It makes sense, getting on the property ladder is expensive, for the price of a deposit on a house you can 100% own your own boat.
If you buy a house, you get a survey and if you are like me, most of the time you resent how little is reported in plain English. With a boat survey from Marine Surveys UK you will have a different experience, we will work for you to make sure you know everything you need to know about your potential purchase and possible new home. Go for a full pre-purchase survey, your insurance company may insist on it. Don’t be fooled into believing a Boat Safety Certificate is the same thing. All boats on rivers and canals must have a Boat safety Certificate but this only covers certain aspects of the boat. What you need is a full Pre-purchase marine Canal, Narrow boat or River Cruiser survey.
The boat needs to be lifted out of the water, after all the hull is the most important part. If the boat is metal /steel or aluminium then the surveyor will carry out thickness testing using an ultra sound meter. This tells him (or her) how much of the original metal is left and if what’s left is enough or if it requires patching up. This is called doubling.
If the boat is made from FRP (Glass fibre to you and me) then the surveyor will check it for moisture problems.
In both cases the River boat surveyor will carefully inspect the hull in great detail, accessing the inside of the hull where it is possible. The surveyor will check the rest of the structure. Most important of all he will check the down flooding points. These are the points on the Narrow boat (or canal boat or river boat) where if the boat started to go low in the water for reasons explained later, the water would rush in. Think about it. Your boat is moored up and you are out, heavy snow fall or rain sits on the boat or in the patio areas and pushes the boat down. If all is well the boat will pop up again like a sealed plastic bottle in a bath. If though, all is not well, and someone has put a ventilator or similar in the wrong place, and this extra weight puts that hole under water, your pride and joy, your home, starts to sink. So knowing where these points are and making them safe is critical.
At Marine Surveys UK we check everything we can physically get to. We crawl into lockers, under floors and find any problems. We pay particular attention to anything that affects your safety. We then write up the report in plain English. We will find out from you your experience and write the report so you understand every word of it so you continue your purchase with your eyes wide open and us holding your hand if you want it.
Please have a look at what our customers have said about us and if you let us carry out your canal, river or narrow boat survey for you, then contact us.
If you are buying just a shell, we can dye penetrate test the welds for you, check the continuity of the welds and the water integrity of any hull breaches. call for more details
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Here are some snippets of recent reviews. they can be seen in full on our testimonials page, or on the facebook and google+ links above
“Matt provided an excellent survey service when I was buying my first boat – always a nerve-wracking experience! He was very flexible with timings, arrived promptly and conducted a very thorough inspection, taking time to explain key points to me and offer general boating advice. The report came through very quickly and was comprehensive, clear and made sensible recommendations. I would fully recommend Matt. ” Nick Bournemouth, Review Jan 2016
We purchased our Dufour 36 from ‘Ancasta’ Chichester last April, and they recommended using Matt for our survey. We were travelling from Cardiff , and Matt was extremely helpful and easy to deal with. I attended for part of the survey, and he took time to talk me over the yacht andgave me a very detailed verbal description on the day. This was followed up naturally by a more detailed written report . Everything was dealt with very promptly , Matt was easy to contact throughout the process , and I would highly recommend his services .
“I was very pleased with the survey that you carried out for me,It was comprehensive and at a fair price ,done when I wanted and it was very useful to be able to discuss you findings with you” Chris Forsyth. Olympic 500C. December 2014
I had Matt survey my Rinker 232 in September 2014, he was very thorough and answered any questions I had. Overall an excellent service without fault or delay so if you are looking for a marine survey I would highly recommend Matt. Terry Goulty. Rinker 232 December 2014
“Living in Sweden I found an interesting Beneteau First 305 in the Southampton area. Searching for a surveyor I found Matt West. He made a pre-purchase condition survey to great value for me. He also taught me a lot about this boat model. Knowing the status of the boat we had a nice sailing trip home to Sweden.” Jörgen Haslum December 2014
… A really nice guy, very knowledgeable and helpful. The report was clear and easily understood and all findings were clearly put into perspective for me. Thoroughly recommended! Peter Bristow, Haywards Heath May 2014
Excellent survey at a very reasonable price and the report was received the following morning … Matt was also happy to offer further free advice on the phone several weeks later and I’m sure even years later he’d continue to do so. …. Gary from Fleet. April 2014
…Matt did a great job, supporting me from start to finish and coming up with common sense solutions to potentially tricky problems. I will certainly be instructing Matt for my future surveying needs.Paul Lovejoy, Emsworth Feb 2104
…His inch by inch and nut and bolt complete survey was broken down into easy to understand sections that graded the work to be done using a simple star grading system. ….. He gave me the confidence to make my purchase, undertake the repairs and to have a boat now which has given me many happy hours of sailing. Mark Wood Portsmouth
Our 1984 Sunseeker 25 XPS Portofino required a safety / condition report for insurance purposes. This was carried out very efficiently and without fuss. P. Crowther-Wilton, Banbury 1st January 2014
Matt West was recommended to me …. the service he provides is prompt, reliable helpful and efficient. From initial call to receiving my survey took just a week. I would have no hesitation in recommending Matt” Andrew Campbell
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The previous owner, ….. was very impressed with your level of detail and testing and has kept your details to use your services when he buys his next boat. ….. we are very happy with her and in the knowledge that she has had a very thorough and detailed survey performed on her by a very knowledgeable and professional company. Dave D. December 2013
As a foreigner, having someone local you can trust, acting as your eyes and your ears and helping you to keep you with both feet on the ground, is an investment that’s worth every penny. Joris Van Roy, Belgium December 2013
He went out of his way to be helpful and even accompanied us on the sea trial. He produced an extremely comprehensive survey report and so far 3 months on I have not found a single thing he has missed. He is an accomplished professional with an in depth knowledge of boats and has been an invaluable source of advice. I would have no hesitation in recommending him to you, you would have to go a long way to find anyone better.” Mike S. December 2013
I have used surveyors when buying boats previously and none came up to the standard of service provided by Matt. Peter V. Sea Ray 240 July 2013
A very friendly and exceptionally helpful service, I would definitely recommend them. Rosie T. 43′ Narrow boat June 2013