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Frequently Asked Questions


The following is a sample of the many questions that perspective clients often ask.

1. Why do I  need to  have a boat surveyed?

Surveys are normally required by insurance companies on vessels over 20 years old. A survey could potentially save a purchaser thousands of pounds should a significant defect be discovered. The survey could enable the purchaser to negotiate a price reduction. Please note we no longer conduct pre-purchase condition surveys.
2. What qualifications do you have?

The Principal surveyor Fiona Dando holds the Advanced Diploma in Marine Surveying and is a full member of the International Institute of Marine Surveying, the Royal Institution of Naval Architects, The society of Consulting Marine engineers and Ship Surveyors, and the Nautical Institute. We regularly attend short courses and seminars to keep knowledge up to date and Fiona was Chairman of the IIMS Scottish Small Craft Working Group of surveyors for 5 years. 

Fiona has been involved with sailing and boats for over 30 years. In that time she has sailed as professional crew on charter and sail training boats and is a qualified RYA Yachtmaster offshore. Fiona owned a wooden classic yacht for 5 years and more recently a 19ft Newbridge Navigator and a share in a 60ft steel narrow boat.

3. Are you insured?

Yes, we are fully insured.

4. Does the vessel have to be out  of the water to be surveyed?

In a word, yes. If a full structural survey is to be carried out then the vessel needs to be out of the water. This is the only way to check below the water line for possible damage, evidence of repairs and structural problems and, in GRP boats, osmosis. The boat should usually be out of the water for at least a week before moisture readings are taken. Most insurance companies will only accept out of the water surveys.

5. What do I get for my money?

After the survey has been carried out a fully comprehensive report is produced averaging 10 to 15 pages with photographs included. The report details all findings made during the survey and recommendations for any remedial work required. At the end of the report the recommendations are listed and cross referenced to the text in order of priority. The lists contain not only items that require attention but also advisory recommendations to assist with a routine maintenance program.

The one you've all been waiting for!

6. How much does a survey cost?

The average cost of a survey is calculated according to the length and construction material of the vessel with a current minimum fee of £ 250. Please feel free to contact us for a quotation.

If you have any further questions or to book your boat or yacht survey please don't hesitate to contact us by phone or e-mail.    

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