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Getting a survey

If you are serious about buying a particular boat, you should not just accept the vendor's survey, but commission your own from a professional surveyor. The information they provide may help you to negotiate a lower purchase price and save you a lot more expense and heartache in the future.

You can also request an engine survey to be carried out by a qualified engineer. Your insurance and finance company may insist on a full structural survey of an older boat. The Boat Safety Scheme examination alone is not usually adequate for these purposes.

A full survey will usually cost around £400-£800, depending on the charge to lift the boat out of the water. Ask your surveyor if the charge for slippage or dry docking is included. Unless specifically asked, the surveyor will not automatically carry out a BSS examination as part of the survey. You can find details of surveyors and examiners authorised to issue Boat Safety Certificates at the Boat Safety Scheme. 

Last date edited: 7 July 2015