'Richard has surveyed a number of vessels for me, and I must say the advice and the service have been second to none. Had it not been for their professionalism and skill I would have paid good money where I should not. I cannot thank them enough'.

Tom Jones

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'Once again, thank you for your help and professionalism, I would not hesitate to use your services again or recommend you to others'.
Matt Hart

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Pre-Purchase Boat & Yacht Surveyors

Our Yacht Surveyors offer a Pre-Purchase check covering marine and hull yacht surveys carry out on sailing yachts through to motor boats. When an offer has been accepted and before completion of the sailing boat or motor boat. Our surveyors will carry out a detailed survey of your craft. It is important that purchases are made ‘subject to survey’ so further negotiations can be made following any issues found. Click here to see our guide to the "Purchase Process".

Purchasing a sailing yacht of motor boat is a significant investment, both initially and in the future. The survey will clearly stipulate issues that require immediate attention are those in the future as part of ongoing maintenance.

The primary objective of the survey is the ascertain the structural integrity of the vessel as well as any systems onboard. The vessel would be normally be inspected in and off the water to enable a full evaluation.

In the case of motor boats it is highly recommended that a sea trail is under taken to assess the state of the engines. Click here to view the "Sea Trail" process.

A valuation will be added to the survey if required. Please read our "Valuation Survey" section for a full explanation.

Spending time on the water is never without risk.  At PYS, we will aim to minimise that risk be recommending safety equipment in line with your boating requirements.  Being a boat owner myself, I appreciate that purchasing a boat is an emotional process. Therefore I will always try and help to stop the heart ruling the head.

A verbal update is offered on the day of the survey with a run through of issues found.  A comprehensive report follows which details all investigations and findings with recommendations clearly defined.  Photographs are taken so the client can visualise any issue and prove the issue exists.


Fundamental Elements of a Pre-Purchase Survey

  • Key Information  - dimensions, official no’s, RCD plate, etc
  • Outer Hull Survey – condition of hull, moisture readings (GRP hull), damage, etc
  • Internal Structure – signs of stress around bulkheads, keel bolts, etc
  • Structural Joins  - keel attachment, hull/deck joins, etc
  • On deck – mooring and anchoring equipment, winches, fittings, hand rails, etc.
  • Water ingress – Skin fittings and seacocks, stern glands, windows and hatches
  • Bilge Pumps – testing manual or electrical pumps
  • Canvas work – covers, cockpit tents, sprayhood, etc.
  • Sails – overall inspection for damage / wear, general condition
  • Mast – condition, alignment, spreader connection, etc
  • Chainplates  - secure attachment, stress cracks, etc
  • Standing rigging – general inspection, tension testing, etc
  • Running rigging – general inspection
  • Engine – ease of starting, inspection of exhaust gases, signs of leaks, excessive engine noise / gear engagement, oil levels
  • Engine controls – functioning, ease of movement, etc
  • Fuel system – external tank inspection, fuel lines, filter inspection, etc
  • Stern gear – propeller inspection, propeller support, etc.
  • Steering gear – movement, bearing condition
  • Interior inspection  - condition of wood / cushions
  • Bilge inspections  - water ingress, signs of stress
  • Gas installation - age of flexible pipes, visual inspection of fixed copper pipe, regulator
  • Water installation  - water pumps, leaks, general condition
  • Cooker  - functionality, auto flame cut off
  • Refrigeration systems – functionality
  • Electrical systems – battery voltages, chargers, isolators, RCD on shore power, etc
  • Heads – functionality, holding tank systems
  • Security – secure entry, lockable hatches
  • Fire equipment  - location, suitability and age
  • Safety equipment – flares, EPRIB, life raft service date, etc,
  • Navigational equipment – Chart plotters, GPS, radar, depth, etc
  • Other equipment on board – tender, outboard, fenders, warps, etc.