WHAT TO EXPECT
FROM YOUR YACHT SURVEY
Your yacht survey report gives you all the information you need to make informed decisions and can form part of the negotiation during the purchase of a yacht.
Most surveys generally take about a day, after which I will contact you either by phone or email to briefly discuss and summarise the condition of the yacht. The next stage is to prepare the detailed survey report. My reports are fully indexed and technical terms are always clearly explained. Photographs of problems or defects with the yacht are included in the report to add further clarity.
The survey report will explain the construction and condition of the yacht, including its systems and will highlight defects or areas for improvement. Opinion is given on the cause of the problem, what the resultant effect will be and how it should be resolved, including a recommended timescale.
I use priority codes to grade the recommendations and these range from P1 – requiring immediate attention before the yacht is next used to P4 – cosmetic improvements and winter maintenance.
The report is prepared within four days of the inspection and a copy will be sent to you at the first opportunity via email, in a PDF format, with a bound copy sent by first class post to follow. If after reading the survey report you have any questions or would like to discuss the vessel further I am always happy to help.
To summarise the contents of the yacht survey report
- vessel identification
- location and size of defects
- probable cause of damage
- prioritised recommendations
- outline repair specifications
- short term / long term solutions
- recommendations for upgrades, improvements
- reports accepted by all insurers
- includes formal valuation
- includes photos as relevant
- recommendations for professional services
- summary opinion of overall condition
Anodes & Corrosion
Our services include a basic underwater corrosion survey, testing the yacht's bonding system and the adequacy of the anodes. The survey will determine if the anodes are the correct size, if the bonding system is in good order and identify stray currents from the yacht's systems.
Using specialist electronic testing equipment we carryout various tests to determine if the 240v system is in good order. We can identify loose conductors, connections, inadequate cable sizing, corrosion and test breaker functions.
Battery voltage, starting power and battery condition can be assessed during the battery test. In addition we can check the condition of the engine alternator by measuring the regulator voltage and the ripple of the alternator voltage.
- Full condition surveys
- Pre-purchase surveys
- Marine insurance surveys
- Partial, limited scope inspections
- Marine consultancy
- Tonnage surveys / Measurements
Do you want to be present at the survey?
I have many customers who come along to the survey inspection and this can be very beneficial for both parties. I wouldn't recommend coming for the whole duration, as it isn't exciting to watch, but if you would like to come towards the end it is a good opportunity to discuss any points which may have arisen.
If you prefer not attend or it would not be practical I can provide you with a file of photos (often 200+) taken during the inspection and a summary of my findings over the phone, prior to receiving the report.
I am happy to arrange the logistics of the survey directly with the owner or yacht broker, and can arrange the haulout with a suitable marina or boatyard. The underwater section of the hull has to be surveyed for the report to be of any real value and is always a must for gaining insurance.