The following is usual when purchasing a boat.
Contract to Purchase – An offer is made subject to survey and a deposit paid.
Contract with the Surveyor – The purchaser is usually responsible for selecting and instructing the Surveyor. All boatyard and other costs in connection with the survey are in addition to the Surveyor’s fee and are the responsibility of the purchaser.
The Surveyor will carry out his inspection of the vessel as presented and in this respect the Purchaser can assist the Surveyor and help to procure a more complete report by arranging the best possible access to the vessel.
Has the owner given permission for his vessel to be surveyed?
Access to the vessel should be good and she should be presented on a firm surface.
The hull below the waterline should be clean - pressure washing is usually required.
Keys should be available.
All equipment and gear should be available for inspection with the vessel.
The cabin areas and lockers should be cleared of all personal gear and equipment - the surveyor should not expected to prepare a vessel for survey.
Purchasers are advised to discuss fully with the surveyor any particular requirements beforehand.
Once instructed the surveyor works only for you and reports to no one else. The surveyor is there to protect your interest.
The Survey Report - This will list the defects found in the survey together with recommendations for repair and remedial work. The report may be used to negotiate final purchase arrangements. Survey reports issued are recognised by leading insurers, marine finance companies and banks.