Some of our frequently asked questions from marine, boat and yacht surveyors:
Why have a marine survey?
If you are intending to purchase, insure or finance a boat or if it has been damaged, you should be considering engaging a marine surveyor. The marine surveyor provides his client with a professional opinion of the vessels condition, comments on its defects and makes recommendations for repairs.
I am buying a boat, what type of survey do I need?
If you are looking to buy a boat a Full Pre-Purchase Condition Survey is the most appropriate type of survey. It may also be worth asking for a separate valuation particularly if you require finance or if the boat is over 20 years old, when a survey report and valuation is often requested by insurers. Some surveyors also offer External Hull Inspections or Partial Condition Surveys, the former is also known as an osmosis check when applied to GRP craft. Although these surveys may be less expensive it is very important that the scope and limitations of this type of survey are clearly established and understood before proceeding.
What isn’t included in the survey?
The survey contract will outline the extent of the inspection and lists any limitations. The following items are not always included in a full condition survey and may require engaging an outside specialist i.e rigging above head height, electronics including interfacing, engine and sea trials. The surveyor can usually recommend an appropriate person or may be able to carry out the work himself at an extra charge.
My insurance company requires my boat to be surveyed and valued, how does this work?
Insurance companies will often request a condition report and valuation or appraisal by a surveyor as a requirement for cover, the valuation will normally be based upon a full inspection of the craft and may make recommendations concerning its safe operation, this should be seen as an opportunity rather than a chore.
How do I choose a yacht surveyor?
There are many people advertising themselves as Yacht and Marine surveyors. There is no legal requirement for qualifications, however there is no substitute for sheer experience, training and continuous professional development.
For reassurance we would look for membership of a regulatory body as they monitor and maintain the standards of the surveys and reports, they also can provide redress if there is cause for complaint.
Any professional surveyor will have Professional indemnity and Public Liability insurance.
Choose a surveyor that explains your boat to you in plain English so you can react appropriately, request a work or defects list that you can respond to.
- When you are selecting your surveyor, you should:
- Ask what hands on experience they have
- Ask what practical training they have
- Ask what regulating body they are part of
- Agree to review their insurance certificate if you wish to contract them
Finally ask for a sample of their previous work
Marine Surveys UK ticks all the boxes and all of the information is available right here.
I need a survey, how do I go about it?
You can either call us on +44 7798554535 or email us at info@marinesurveysUK.com , please have to hand:
Type of Boat : Motor, Sail
Hull : Monohull, Catamaran
Hull Material : GRP, Steel, Aluminium, Wood
Length of Boat :
Builder / Model :
Year Built :
Location of boat :
Status of Board : Afloat / Ashore
When will the survey be required : (approximately)
Type of survey required : Pre-Purchase, Condition Survey for Insurance, other type (please specify)
It is important for the surveyor to have enough information to enable him to offer the best possible quote. Any unknowns will mean the surveyor must accommodate these unknowns by quoting a higher price.
My boat has been damaged in an accident, should I employ a boat surveyor?
Following an accident your insurance company is likely to instruct a marine surveyor in order to ascertain the extent of any damage to a craft. You should be aware that in this case the surveyor’s client is the insurer. With this in mind you might consider engaging an independent surveyor in order to look after your own interests and we are happy to do this for you
I have a new boat, should I engage a marine surveyor?
A marine surveyor can often be usefully retained as an owner’s representative to monitor a new build and will also give a professional insight with regard to working practices and the quality of installations. It may be particularly useful to engage a marine surveyor to carry out a pre-delivery inspection or snagging prior to handover.
What other services are carried out by marine surveyors?
Marine surveyors offer a wide range of other services, including; tonnage measurements for registration, inspections for the various codes and standards including the Recreational Craft Directive, MCA Codes and the Boat Safety scheme. Marine surveyors can also act as expert witnesses and offer marine consultancy services.
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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