By doing a little homework you can do a preliminary check of your dream boat while we work with you to provide an evaluation of the true
condition of the boat you have in mind.
All boats for sale
should have a detailed list outlining the boat's specifications and
equipment. All yacht-brokered boats will provide one. If you're not
using a broker, be certain the owner provides you with a written list
of equipment noting dates along with descriptions of original and
replaced equipment. Be certain you are aware of the equipment included
and excluded in the sale. This list should be part of the purchase
and sale agreement.
Make your own inspection and use all your senses — remembering
you are a guest of the boat's owner
the overall appearance of the boat. Does it look well maintained?
- Use your nose. Do you smell mold, engine fuel, or stove fuel?
- Look for cracks in the fiberglass and note location and appearance.
Are they concentric — indicating impact? Are they straight — indicating
- Feel the hull, bulkheads, and decks for bumps, soft spots and
possible fiberglass separation (called delamination).
- If it is a wooden boat, look at the frames especially around
the engine spaces for structural integrity and look at the boat's
hull for exposed metal fasteners. These fasteners attach the planking
to the frames. If rust is noted a more detailed inspection is
- Check all through-hulls. Be certain they are in good working
order and note any presence of corrosion.
Commissioning a marine survey gives you the information
you need to make an informed decision on a large investment and
to provide you an evaluation of the true condition of the boat for
you and your family's safety.