A surveyor is like a detective and he spends his working day looking for clues. These clues are often hard to find, and sometimes they are deliberately hidden by the present owner or repairer of the boat. This means that he has to observe accurately and continuously and report what he finds in clear understandable English. He requires good knowledge and must keep track of advances in technology. Above all he must be honest and behave in a professional manner.
There are different types of survey requirements which boat owners will require. With a lot of second-hand boats on the market the pre-purchase survey is the one that is asked for the most. People purchasing a second hand boat want to know the condition of the vessel they are about to purchase. They want peace of mind so that they do not later find that the boat they have just bought is going to cost them lots more money. We can take care of your surveying needs as we perform all of the following vessel surveys.
If you are about to buy a boat it is strongly advised that you have it surveyed first. A pre-purchase survey is the most comprehensive type of survey. The surveyor will check the condition of the vessel and this will in include. The integrity of the hull and deck, all on-board systems and safety equipment. This will include an out of the water survey and sea trials.
This type of inspection is not as comprehensive as a pre-purchase survey. However, older boats are required every 5 to 7 years by insurance companies to have a survey report on the condition of a vessel. The surveyor will check the condition of the vessel to ensure that it is in a condition to be an acceptable risk. the insurance company will also want to know that the vessel is in a safe condition for its intended use. They may also want to know its currents market value.
This type of inspection is performed to collect enough information to work out a current valuation for the vessel. This is normally needed for financing, estate settlements, donations and legal cases.
The surveyor can sometimes be retained by an insurance company to investigate the cause of a loss. He will need to report on the extent of the damage and advise on possible repairs and costs.
Any British registered vessel which is used for commercial use. Will require coding to the MCA code of practice. This will possibly require the surveyor to visit the vessel several times. At the first inspection the surveyor can give the owner a list of requirements which he will need to be in compliance with the code. He can then revisit the vessel when the requirements have been completed for the final inspection.