Rev 2016.01



Where access permits the hull will be inspected to assess its build quality and condition at the time of survey.  Where visible any build defects will be reported.  The hull will be hammer tested to highlight any soft or thin areas, ultrasonic measurements will be taken to detail plate thickness, particularly at areas of wear.  Any pitting or rusted areas will be measured for depth of corrosion.

Any repairs or remedial work required will be detailed as recommendations, or if severe, will be mandatory requirements for insurance purposes.

The condition of hull paintwork and anodes will be commented on.


Where access can easily be gained the hull will be inspected internally.  Flooring will not be lifted where damage is likely to occur to floor coverings and cabin fitments.  Any areas of concern will be hammer tested and measured from inside as well as external assessment.


Please note the hull will be inspected by hammer and hand scraper.  Where necessary an angle grinder will be used to smooth the metal surfaces for the purpose of taking ultrasonic measurements.

Inspection is restricted where boats have not been pressure washed, the hull will therefore be scraped by hand at random locations to assess steel condition.

Liability is not accepted for defects or corrosion revealed by aggressive hull treatments such as shot blasting or needle gunning.

Some paint removal will occur as a matter of course during the survey for the purpose of inspection and ultrasonic measurements.  I do not accept responsibility for repainting the hull.

Although great care is taken during the survey, in the event of the hull being “holed”, any repairs or additional dock fees incurred are the responsibility of the boat owner as the craft will be deemed uninsurable and unfit/unsafe for use.

Any known faults found with the hull likely to prejudice safety will be declared to the boatyard/vendor at the time of the survey such that immediate or temporary repairs can be carried out.

For boats considered uninsurable and requiring repairs, liability is not accepted for the subsequent sinking of the craft through known or unknown faults.

The purpose of the survey is to satisfy a 5 to 6 year insurance period required by insurance companies, whereupon the hull condition will need to be reassessed.  At present insurance companies require a minimum thickness of 4.0mm i.e. 4.1mm is acceptable, 3.9mm is uninsurable.


All outlet hull fittings will be inspected for satisfactory height above the waterline and condition of fitted pipework.

Without dismantling, any inlet fittings will be inspected for condition and accessibility.


Inspected for condition, the boats handling characteristics will be assessed if possible.


Inspected for condition, coaming height above the waterline, suitability of cover joint and securing device.


Will be inspected without removal of components, comments will relate to condition and securing of the propeller, stern tube/shaft wear and condition of sterngland.


Inspection and comments will be made on the following:

  • Securing of handrails and deck fixtures.
  • Condition of cabin fabrication (if poor).
  • Condition of quality of paintwork.
  • Condition of deck covers.
  • Appearance of windows and seals.
  • Condition of door and any external woodwork.
  • Security.


The locker will be hammer tested and inspected to prove its gastight integrity.  Where fitted close to the waterline the gas locker will be assessed as part of the hulls watertight integrity.

Locker low-level overboard ventilation will be proven clear and of suitable size for the volume of the gas stored.


Inspected for condition and quality of fabrication.  The tank/s will be hammer tested at any areas of concern, i.e. corrosion or poor quality welding.  If the tank/s condition is of concern a pressure test will be recommended.

Compliance checks will be made


The engine and installation will be inspected and test run on load for a minimum of one hour when possible to do so.  Any visible faults or areas of concern will be highlighted.

The gearbox will be operated harshly to highlight any slippage or selector faults.

The battery charging will be measured (all circuits), any instruments will be observed for operation.

Compliance checks will be made.

Please Note: The engine will not be dismantled for inspection.  The engine assessment is an external and operational check of the engine “at the time of survey” and does not constitute a warranty or guarantee of the engine or its components.  Liability is not accepted for any failure of the engine or its components where the original defects were not externally visible at the time of survey.


When accessible the batteries will be inspected.  Battery performance will be monitored during the survey.  Compliance checks will be made.


Where readily accessible the installations will be inspected for condition and standard of installation.

Compliance checks will be made.

If possible all electrical devices will be operated.

If contact between wiring and polystyrene insulation is visible or suspected, an insulation test (mega test) will be recommended.


The installation will be inspected thoroughly with reference to PD 5482 Pt III and appliance manufacturers installation instructions (which will also cover BSS).

If possible the system will be soundness tested to ensure its gas tight integrity.  The regulator output and system pressure drop at full load will be measured.

All appliances will be tested for safe operation.


The cabin ventilation will be measured with reference to PD 5482 Pt III.


The fire extinguishers and fire blanket will be inspected for age, condition and compliance.

A lifebelt, CO and smoke alarms and bilge pump will be recommended if absent.

The cabin will be inspected for two means of escape.


When practical to do so, the water tank will be filled and if accessible will be inspected externally.   If de-winterised the domestic water system will be operated and inspected.  

The central heating system will be operated and inspected.

The cabin flooring will be inspected for condition/soundness.

The solid fuel/diesel stove will be inspected for condition and safe installation.

Where accessible the cabin insulation will be inspected for type and quality of fitment.  The cabin panelling will be inspected for water stains and signs of condensation.

If possible a sample of polystyrene insulation will be flame tested to determine its fire retardant qualities.

Please note liability is not accepted for the forming of condensation when “at the time of survey” the hull internal and insulation material were inaccessible and all panelling appeared free from water stains.

The standard of cabin joinery and fit-out will be commented on if to a poor or unacceptable standard particularly if it affects the valuation.

Compliance checks will be made.


I will value the craft in its present condition and comment whether any highlighted repairs should be further negotiated within the agreed purchase price.


Under normal circumstance survey reports will be emailed within 5 working days.   Your pre-purchase survey includes a complimentary Boat Safety Scheme certificate within 3 months.

Compliance checks are for Boat Safety Scheme and the European Recreational Craft Directive for boats under 5 years old.

Payment of invoice is conformation of your acceptable to these terms and conditions.