10 Reasons to get a boat survey

Boats can be very expensive and even more so if you purchase one with pre-existing problems. However a boat survey can ensure peace of mind and will usually pay for itself in the long run.

  1. If you are intending to buy, insure, finance or commercially operate a boat, you should have it professionally surveyed.
  2. If your boat has been damaged in any way, a professional opinion will establish the extent of any damage and help ensure that repairs are made satisfactorily.
  3. A surveyors report will help you establish the true value of a boat and advise you on any unseen problems.
  4. A marine surveyor can help monitor a new build, check the quality of workmanship and that installations fully comply with the specification.
  5. When buying a new boat a surveyor can help safeguard you purchase with a pre-delivery inspection and snagging report prior to handover.
  6. A professionally qualified surveyor will work to an established code of conduct and should also be covered by professional indemnity insurance.
  7. In the event of an accident, a surveyor can be employed to ensure the repairs are appropriate and sufficient. If submitting a claim your insurer must agree to this.
  8. In the event of a disputed claim with a supplier or repairer, a surveyor can act on your behalf as an expert witness.
  9. Its not always necessary to have a full survey, you can instruct a surveyor to provide just the information you want e.g. a basic condition survey. If the survey is for insurance purposes first check exactly what type of report is required.
  10. A surveyor can also offer other services such as certification for licenses and measurements for registration etc.