Vessels: Wood, GRP, Steel, Aluminium or Composite Construction
This is a brief inspection carried out on a vessel in its present state (with no
preparatory work or dismantling of rigs). This inspection will ascertain whether
a ‘Full Condition’ survey (as detailed below) is justified. It will also provide
an assessment of the general state of the vessel and a general report is compiled.
It is not a substitute for a ‘Full Condition’ survey. A ‘Preliminary Inspection’
may be adequate for a valuation.
Full condition / Pre-purchase condition
This is a routine survey often carried out prior to the purchase of a vessel. This
focuses on the condition of the hull, the structural strength, the working gear on
deck, the provisions onboard (e.g. life-saving equipment, anchors, warps and chains)
and equipment fitted (e.g. communication systems, GPS, log readings etc). This survey
can also include a full detailed machinery and electrical equipment report at the
client’s request. This survey entails an examination of accessible areas of the vessel’s
structure and gear.
Extended hull & gear
This inspection is similar to the ‘Full Condition / Pre-Purchase Condition’ survey
but is more extensive, usually carried out on older vessels and includes essential
dismantling of the rig by an approved boat yard. Examination of the machinery and
electrical systems is undergone by approved marine engineering specialists, dependent
on the vessel’s type and location.
Marine specialist and yard fees at cost in addition.
Hull & deck structure only (whilst in water)
This survey provides basic information on the general condition of the hull and adjoined
The hull is inspected externally and an assessment is made to the general condition
of the adjoining deck giving insight to the watertight integrity, overall condition
and any areas in need of attention.
External hull & deck structure only (out of water)
In order to conduct this survey, the vessel needs to be dried out on a slipway or
lifted ashore. Underwater and topside surfaces, hull fittings and appendages are
inspected. An assessment is made to the general condition of the hull giving insight
to the watertight integrity, strength, moisture content, general condition and any
areas in need of attention.
If a vessel has sustained damage through fault of its owner or any other party, Yacht
Survey Ltd is able to provide impartial advice and guidance on how best to proceed.
A detailed report of findings can be compiled if so required.
Made to measure
An inspection outside the scope of those listed above can always be ‘made to measure’
as Yacht Survey Ltd prides itself in tending to the exact needs of every client.
Type of ‘Made to Measure’ Survey
New boat deliveries can sometimes be delayed and upon receiving your new vessel the
handover can become rushed. Time is short, emotions run high and you are eager to
start enjoying your new purchase. Minor problems and oversights cannot always be
foreseen or avoided but a thorough pre-delivery inspection by Yacht Survey Ltd can
reduce problems and increase the enjoyment of your new boat from the offset.
All reports are delivered to the client within three working days after survey date;
reports always contain relevant photographic evidence to support findings and are
submitted electronically and by post.