Prepare your vessel for survey
The following suggestions will help us to give you a thorough and detailed yacht or boat survey:
• Remember we are acting in your interests and for your safety, tell us about any known defects or areas of concern as we may be able to suggest solutions.
• A vessel should be out of the water for four or five days, depending on temperature and humidity, for meaningful moisture readings to be taken. However, a hull and keel inspection "in the slings" may be sufficient.
• Have the hull pressure washed when it is lifted, but please leave the application of new antifouling until after the survey as a scraper is used to remove small areas of old paint from sample areas of the hull to inspect the gelcoat.
• On most craft the interior of the hull is mainly visible in the bilge and inside lockers. Please remove as much personal gear as possible such as bedding, tools paint pots etc, and leave bilges and engine rooms clean.
• It is very helpful if lists of equipment are available, especially for items which may be removed from the vessel at time of survey such as GPS, electrical goods, dinghys, liferafts, sails and outboards. An inventory is part of the survey and may be of great help to you at a later date if anything is stolen.
• Make a list of work recently completed or money spent, especially on engines, sails and standing rigging.
• On the day of the survey make sure keys for access to the vessel and all lockers are available, along with any paperwork requested. By all means come down to open the boat and say hello, but please, please don't stay to watch us working, this applies especially to Condition surveys! We will give you a brief summary of our findings as soon as we have finished, either by phone or in person, and the full written report will be produced on receipt of payment, usually within a couple of days.
• If you have any questions or would like to book your yacht or boat survey contact us.