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Marine & Boat Surveyors

If you are considering buying a boat, yacht or ship, whether it’s for business or pleasure, it is worth recruiting the services of a marine surveyor. This type of surveyor can help you in all aspects of boating, from getting a boat survey prior to purchase, to the complexity of building your own boat.

Boat and marine surveyors usually offer a complete service to guide you through the entire process, including establishing the vessel’s condition, advising on legislation, and offering you a step-by step guide to buying a boat. Hiring a marine or boat surveyor can save you a lot of time, stress and money because they can offer independent but expert advice to help you get the best deal.

There are a number of areas that a boating survey will cover including; non-destructive testing, which involves surveying the boat without dismantling or otherwise harming the structure of the vessel or its components; sea trial, which involves testing and inspecting engine and generator components, steering, controls, shafts, and electronic systems; safety equipment inspection, which involves checking the required safety equipment, firefighting equipment, distress equipment, and navigational equipment; and sail and rigging inspections, which involve testing the mast and rigging components for corrosion, weakened joints and other types of damage.

To help you find the right marine surveyor for the job, we’ve put together a few handy hints about choosing a marine or boat surveyor:

  1. The best way of choosing any marine surveyor is to get a personal recommendation from a friend or relative who has recently used the services of a boat surveyor when buying or building a vessel.
  2. If you cannot get a recommendation, then use our online search facility to find a marine surveyor near you. Many of the listed marine surveyors are members of the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors, which has minimum standards of service that all members must adhere to.
  3. Contact a number of local boat or marine surveyors and give them details of the boat you wish to buy or build, so they can provide you with an estimate for undertaking the survey. This is a good way to check you are not being over charged for marine surveying services.

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