Boat Survey Preparation

Boat Survey Preparation

A structural survey requires:

  • Fibreglass (GRP) yachts can be seen either securely struck off ashore, or held in crane or hoist slings for a minimum of an hour (in a ‘lunch-time’ lift) and otherwise surveyed afloat. An hour’s access is adequate for yachts and motor-boats below about 30′ / 10m. However, if the yacht has a protective epoxy coating, that can sometimes take from one to two weeks to dry back to a level when it no longer influences the moisture meters I use, and so a longer time ashore may be needed to get true readings.
  • Wooden and steel boats will almost always have to be inspected when struck off ashore.
  • Fouling growth to be cleaned from the hull bottom and fittings below the waterline.
  • Full safe access to the yacht – including all keys etc.
  • Ideally, the owner’s personal gear and effects, stores etc to be removed as far as is practicable.
  • Preferably a serviceable battery or batteries.
  • In the case of wooden boats, it would be of assistance if the yard could be warned off to remove and replace fastenings as required. This is, however, no longer common, and it is more usual to identify items that need dismantling for subsequent further inspection.


I also ideally need sight of:

  • The Broker’s Sales Particulars or inventory
  • Any available Service Records
  • Warranty documents if appropriate
  • Invoices to confirm major repairs or renewal of equipment etc that may be listed in Sales Particulars (e.g. for new standing rigging, an osmosis repair, etc)
  • Equipment manuals (if available)


Yachts built or put into service after 16th June 1998, when the Recreational Craft Directive came into force, must have a Hull Identification Number (HIN) and a CE-Mark plate, and the Owner’s Manual should be presented together with the Declaration of Conformity. Normally the Broker would be expected to confirm the documents were available.

The Broker will check ownership title documentation. The survey report will list any identification marks that may be found during the survey, such as Yard Numbers, Builder’s Plate Numbers, Hull Numbers, Part-1 Registration Tonnage Board etc .


Call 01929 480064 or email Anthony Byrde to discuss your own requirements further