Pre-Purchase Surveys

Buying a yacht? – We recommend a Full Condition Survey.


The aim of a Full Condition Survey, commonly known as a Pre-Purchase Survey is to identify and detail the yacht’s defects, so as to help a new buyer decide if they wish to proceed with the purchase. The Full Condition Survey is recommended especially if  you are buying a second hand yacht, having your new yacht handed over after delivery or having your yacht returned after the end of contract.

A full conditions survey ensures that all points of the contract have been met and if the yacht is in accordance with the technical specification provided. Surveys have been carried out by us on all types of Yachts including; sailing yachts and power boats both large and small.

Yachts constructed of various materials including; GRP, wood, steel, and aluminum. Each type of vessel and construction material requires a specific approach and equipment. We carry out full condition surveys in accordance with internationally recognized codes of practice drawn up by the international surveying organizations.

The Full Condition Survey is a detailed survey to access the structural condition of a yacht as well as checking and testing the yacht’s equipment. A detailed report is provided explaining the findings of the survey. Within the report problems found are listed and information given on their importance and recommendations for repair.

A full condition survey includes a sea trial  and rig inspection, The Full Condition Survey is carried out in three parts: In water inspection, sea trial then lifting of the yacht followed by out of water inspection including humidity measurements in GRP boats.

The inspection can be divided into the following areas:

  •     Hull, superstructure and decks
  •     platform
  •     Hull
  •     Cathodic protection (anodes)
  •     windows
  •     Ground tackle and mooring arrangements
  •     Windows, hatches and port lights
  •     Handrails, stanchions and lifelines
  •     Davits, boarding ladders etc.
  •     Masts, spars and rigging
  •     Sails
  •     Machinery and electrical installations
  •     Fuel installations
  •     Bilge and general pumping installations
  •     Shaft and steering
  •     Fin stabilizers
  •     Freshwater installations
  •     Toilet installations
  •     Lifesaving equipment
  •     Fire fighting equipment
  •     Auxiliary equipment

Once the survey has been completed we will provide a survey report.

Only after you’ve read the report you can decide whether to purchase your yacht or at least negotiate the final price.