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A pre-purchase survey is usually commissioned by the potential buyer of a yacht, once the purchaser has decided to proceed with the purchase. This will need to be agreed with the seller of the yacht also. 


The objective of the survey is to make our client completely confident with what is being purchased. Having had the survey, there should be no significant hidden defects that could cause the purchaser major cost. 


The survey will normally need to be carried out with the yacht out of the water. This will allow the hull of the vessel to be checked thoroughly


This type of survey should uncover as many defects as can be found on the yacht. These can be as minor as a screw having been put in at an angle, or a much more major issue. 


A list of all the items checked during this type of survey is shown below.

Hull external:

  • Underwater area

  • Coatings/ sheathings

  • Moisture readings

  • Tap tests

  • Skin fittings

Keel/ skeg:

  • Hull/ keel join

  • Keel bolts

  • Corrosion 

Stern gear:

  • Rudder

  • Propeller

  • A/P bracket and bearing

  • Shaft

  • Sterngland

  • Trim tabs

  • Anodes

  • Sterndrives

Water system:

  • Tanks

  • Piping

  • Pump

  • Plumbing

  • Valves


  • Coatings

  • Moisture

  • Tap test

  • Mooring damage/ abrasions

  • Transom and Bow

Hull Internal:

  • Moisture readings

  • Condition of bilges

  • Keel bolts

  • Skin fittings

  • Stiffeners attached

  • Damage from grounding

Deck and superstructure:

  • Hull deck join

  • Tap test

  • Moisture readings

  • Rubbing band

  • Windows

  • Doors

  • Hatches 

  • Damage

Toilet installation:​

  • Pipework

  • Skin fittings

  • Holding tank

  • Pumps

Deck gear:

  • Cleats/ bollards

  • Fairleads

  • Bow roller

  • Stantions

  • Pulpit

  • Pushpit

  • Handrails

  • Anchor + windlass

  • Harness securing points

  • Davits

  • Boarding ladder

  • Bathing platform


  • Main engine(s) (condition)

  • Engine mountings

  • Gearbox

  • Shaft coupling

  • Bulkhead seal

  • Cutlass bearing

  • Oils and filters

  • Corrosion

Mast and rigging:

  • Mast step

  • Spreaders, boom 

  • Standing rigging

  • Running rigging

  • Sails and covers

Fuel system:

  • Tanks

  • Fixings

  • Vents

  • Piping

  • Valves

Gas system:

  • Cylinders

  • Locker

  • Regulator

  • Appliances

  • Valves

Electrical system:

  • Battery(s) stowage (ventilation)

  • Battery(s) condition

  • Switchboard

  • Wiring 

  • Generator

  • Shore power

  • Charging

Safety gear:

  • Navigation equipment

  • Life jackets

  • Fire extinguishers

  • Life raft


  • Interior condition

Please click on the links below for a sailing yacht or motor yacht example survey report:


       Motor Yacht Survey Example.                                                                                                               

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