Marine Surveys / Pre Purchase Survey

Our Marine Survey – Pre Purchase Survey is a comprehensive inspection (see scope) and is recommended to protect your investment when purchasing any ocean sailing yacht, motor cruiser, sports boat, canal narrow boat or broads cruiser etc.  A pre purchase marine survey will almost certainly be required by your marine insurance company for older vessels, and in addition an insurance valuation may well be required.

A marine surveyor is a trained professional who acts as your eyes, ears and agent / advisor in any assessment, survey, contractual situation or accident investigation. He is someone who makes sure that accurate information is gathered professionally, efficiently and impartially

Marine surveys are usually required at the setting up of a new marine insurance policy and thereafter at regular intervals.

  • As in all our reports we highlight and detail all items inspected and defects found and make recommendations.
  • Recommendations being graded from ‘improve maintenance’ to  ‘implement (action) without delay’
  • Optional – Current Market Valuation for insurance / finance  £ 25.00

Important

A Pre Purchase Survey covers the major structural, engineering & propulsion, steering, fuel, batteries, windows and safety issues (and much more besides) required by buyers and insurance companies alike. We do not comment on such as canopies, soft furnishings, white goods & domestic installations etc. as we believe that you have already formed an opinion on these.

As marine surveyors, NOT qualified electrical or electronic engineers, we are unable to report upon electrical, electronic or navigation systems being ‘fit for purpose’ or their satisfactory installation

We undertake Navigational / Electrical equipment’s ‘Switch Test’   =   On / Off and make comments accordingly

We recommend inspection by a duly qualified electrical / electronic engineer prior to purchase should there be concerns

As most inspections are conducted out of the water it is also strongly recommended that River or Sea (engine) Trials are undertaken prior to completing any purchase, allowing the client to satisfy himself as to the satisfactory operation of installed systems, propulsion, steering, electrical, electronic and navigation equipment, domestic plus water and waste installations and deck equipment etc etc.   We offer a River or Sea (engine) Trials service – Please contact us

We take over 150+ photographs and these are provided on a ‘Complimentary CD’

See below for Pre Purchase Scope – Principal items being included in our Pre Purchase Survey

Your professional Marine Surveyors for the Norfolk Broads, Suffolk, Essex, Kent, Cambridgeshire & Lincolnshire and throughout the UK & Europe – We travel Anywhere at Any time

News:

European Marine Services Ltd / European Marine Surveys – Are delighted to welcome William Kirby as a new Marine Surveying Associate.

William will undertake Marine Surveys on GRP vessels of less than 50ft

Qualifications:

  •  IIMS Diploma in Yacht & Small Craft Surveying.    Qualified in 2004/05.
  •  Gas Safe Registered. Previously CORGI Registered.
  •  Boat Safety Scheme Examiner since 1999.
  •  Member of the Association of Boat Safety Examiners (ABSE)
  •  Full PI Insurance Cover with EMS Ltd

William will undertake all EMS Ltd Boat Safety Scheme Examinations

1 Vessel Identification From supplied information & builder’s HIN
2 Hull  (GRP) Non Destructive Testing (NDT) Capacitance Type – Moisture meter readings (sample areas) Testing of substrate, Hammer (tap) testing, Voids – Examination for Osmotic conditions
Accident Damage, Visual examination, Hull / Superstructure bonding,
2.1 Anodes, cathodic protection Quantity & Condition, visual wiring (not tested)
2.2 Centre Line / Keel Keel bolts (as applicable), Extended skeg
3.0 Superstructure Accident / impact damage / Osmosis / Moisture Levels
3.1 Windows, Portlights & Hatches Inspection – Frames, Testing for moisture in linings, Seals, Accident damage, Visual examination
3.2 Guard & Hand Rails, Stanchions Inspection – Deck mountings, Security, Accident damage
4 Internal Internal structure, scantlings & visible / accessible stiffening
4.1 Linings Moisture levels beneath windows
5 Engines & Propulsion Installation & Security, visual damage, Oil leaks, Corrosion, Engine Mountings, Suspect Areas. Shaft, Stern tube / Shaft log, Stuffing Gland,
5.1 Stern Gear / stern drive Propellers, A/P Brackets, Skegs, Cutlass bearings, Anodes,
5.2 Seacocks Satisfactory operation, installation & security
5.3 Exhaust system Installation & security
5.4 Fuel Installation & System To – BSS Recommendations *             Our Appendix A
5.5 Engine oil sample analysis Optional – per instructions
5.6 Bilge & Pumping systems Operation – Auto, Manual Bilge Pumps
5.7 Bow Thruster / Trim Tabs Installation, Operation & Security
6 Steering / Rudders Installation & Security, Bearings, Pintles, Rudder blades, Hydraulics, Tie Bar, Steering Arms, Hydraulics, Wires
7 Batteries Installation, Location, Hydrogen Gas Ventilation, Terminal Protection, Vented / Sealed Type
7.1 Electrics / switches ‘Switch Test’  of  principal switches / electronics    Our Appendix D
7.2 Navigation systems & Instrumentation Check list,  No warranty as to ‘fit for purpose’
8 Systems Visual condition (non testing) of:
8.1 Toilet / waste systems NA
8.2 Fresh water NA
8.3 LPG Installation & Systems To – BSS Recommendations *              Our Appendix B
9 Ground Tackle NA
10 Yachts – Mast / Rigging Inspection at deck level  –  Tabernacle / deck support, shroud plates, standing rigging, stem head fittings etc
 Sails are not inspected
11 Fire / Safety Equipment To BSS Recommendations *                    Life Rafts
12 Miscellaneous This section covers any items viewed of concern that are not covered / detailed by one of the above headings
13 Valuation Optional – Market Valuation for Insurance / Finance