Yacht and Small Craft Surveyors
You can phone or email to talk over your requirements with no commitment.
Specialists in Wood and GRP Sailing Yachts
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Our principal surveyor is Chrissie Davis, and we are based in Gosport. We are well placed for surveys throughout the Solent area, and we can also travel anywhere in the UK and Europe
Chrissie Davis is a graduate member of the International Institute of Marine Surveyors and also has a diploma in Yacht and Small Craft Surveying.
She has Professional Indemnity Insurance and Public Liability.
You can email us, or we can be contacted by phone on 07545 597112
We take the worry out of buying a boat. A full structural pre-purchase survey will give the prospective buyer a list of faults and problems, but also highlight the better aspects of the boat. The buyer will know exactly what is ahead of them should they buy the boat, and give them confidence in their new boat.
We explain the significance of any problems we identify, and will advise on how the problems might be put right. We can usually give an indication of how something might be put right, and how much it is likely to cost. We will advise if we find a problem that could mean the price could be renegotiated.
A market valuation would be free with a full structural survey, or £75 if done as a standalone job.
Our fees are very competitive and for standard surveys and inspections are based on the length of the vessel. We are not VAT registered.
If travel costs are to be charged, they are estimated using the RAC route planner, and flight and ferry published prices, then an itemised receipt given with the actual costs incurred. Mileage is charged at 20p per mile.
Travel is only charged for visits made outside Hampshire, and for the Isle of Wight, where ferry costs will need to be charged.
Insurance Survey/Pre Purchase Survey/Full Structural condition --- £10 per foot
These reports include a general check of the engine and rigging (see terms and conditions page).
An additional engine inspection from our engineer --- £60 (Paid direct to engineer).
Full rigging Inspection by a qualified rigger --- £100 (Paid direct to rigger).
Independent marine electrical engineers report --- POA
I am often asked if I do 'Insurance Surveys', because the customer has been told that they need a survey in order to get insurance cover. The boat owner may have heard that a survey is very expensive, but that they can get an 'Insurance Survey' which is a lot cheaper.
The Insurance Companies want to be reassured that the boat is worth the insurance cover placed on it. Just being structurally sound is not an indicator of worth, since there is a difference of many thousands of pounds between a structurally sound boat and a well kept and well maintained boat.
My Insurance Survey inspections cover everything that my Pre-Purchase or Full Structural Inspections cover, because as a surveyor I am ethically bound on to report all the problems seen.
When you submit your survey to the insurance company they will ask you to carry out any repairs, replacements or further investigations that I have recommended for the structural integrity or safety of the vessel. They will probably give you a time scale, and ask you to confirm in writing that you have completed the work. Very rarely they may ask you for a surveyors confirmation that the work is done to standard, and I am happy to revisit and give a written confirmation, subject to a small charge subject to our hourly rate.
In the event of a claim, if the insurance company suspects any level of poor maintenance to the boat they will reduce their payout, or refute it altogether, a full survey will show the condition of the boat, and all the ancillary items, and help you with your claim.
It is important to keep a maintenance record that shows the care you put into your boat. Record the dates of every engine service, but go further: record the dates you checked the water and oil levels, filters, impellers, belts, strainers fuel lines etc. When you do your checks of the rigging, of tight pins in shackles, chafe in lines, cracks or damage to any component, write down and date that you have done these checks. This will not only help demonstrate your care of the boat but will serve to remind you when the checks might be due again. Also include details of any maintenance you have done. You can record all the information in your log book, or in a separate Maintenance Logbook, the nautical publishers do some nice ones. An exercise book will do equally well.
I will only make recommendations for further investigations if I come across anything that I am unable to examine fully during the inspection and which is showing signs of a problem. Keel bolts are a prime example. If there is no history of recent inspection or replacement, and signs of weeping from the joint of water or rust, I might suggest that at least one bolt is drawn out to be inspected. I do appreciate that this can be expensive, but this can prevent a much greater expense than if a problem were to go undiscovered.
Delivery Inspection of a new boat takes place prior to accepting the boat from the manufacturer or dealer. It is similar to a Pre-Purchase Survey but also checks whether the boat has been completed in accordance with the specifications agreed on at the time of ordering. It will include a list of items that require attention before the owner takes delivery and recommendations for equipping the boat safely for its intended use.
It is unfortunately a fact that many brand new boats can be delivered with substantial defects. I have seen boats delivered which have had damaged topsides or had needed repairs made to cracks in the deck.
When you buy a boat, you need to know as much as possible about its condition before you complete the deal. Is the boat structurally sound and safe? Is the machinery and equipment on board in good working condition? Is the boat a good value for the money? Often the findings of a survey may lead to re-negotiations on price. Your surveyor will also advise on suitability for purpose and value for money.
A Pre-Purchase Survey will give you confidence in the boat you are buying. They are comprehensive inspections covering structural integrity, safety, condition of machinery and equipment, as well as overall maintenance and cosmetic appearance. They can also be used for your insurance application.
The survey of a typical boat might take a full day, depending on the size and defects discovered. You are welcome to attend the survey and discuss the findings.
The report will normally be completed within seven days of the inspection and be provided in both electronic and paper formats. The report will also include a summary of the findings and a list of recommendations. Moisture meter readings are part of the survey for GRP and wooden vessels.
Engine Section of Survey
This is not an engineer’s report with compression tests, etc, but a visual inspection of the engine, engine room and engine related equipment. No dismantling of machinery takes place. Oil water coolant and belts are checked.
A full engine survey would require the services of a qualified marine engineer, which we can provide as an extra.