Marine Surveys- Overview

What do I want a survey for and what type of survey do I require ?

If you require a Marine Survey select the type of survey from the menu on the left hand side for more information or contact me directly with your requirements.

  • Full Condition (pre-purchase) Survey - Recommended if you are buying a new yacht or having your yacht returned by a charter company (end of contract). This is a detailed survey that will identify the yacht defects and give recommendations for repair.
  • Appraisal Survey - Not sure it you want to commit to buying the yacht. This is an economical way of basically evaluating a yacht, or number of yachts and will help you decide if it is suitable. Once the yacht is selected a Full Condition Survey is recommended.
  • Insurance Condition Survey and/or Valuation and/or Rig Survey - As required by insurance companies with change of ownership or when your yacht reaches a certain age. If you wish I can deal directly with the company to get their exact requirements.
  • Damage Survey - Often carried out for insurance companies, details the damage, recommendations for repair and estimates of repair costs.
  • Yacht registration – Tonnage measurement for registering your yacht.
  • MCA SCV2 code of practice inspection - This inspection is carried out through one of the certifying authorities of the MCA and is a requirement for all UK registered charter yachts.
  • Valuation Survey - This is often a requirement for finance companies if money is being borrowed to purchase the yacht. Generally a walk-through inspection to get a good impression of the general condition of the yacht. The value that is given is my opinion of the fair market value.
  • Machinery and Systems Survey - Checking the equipment onboard and performance of the engine. This will include a sea trial.
  • Rig Survey - This should be carried out routinely and a must before any extended passages.
  • Ultrasound Survey - Detailed mapping of the hull thickness.
  • Hull survey for Osmosis (blistering) - Think you have Osmosis (gelcoat blistering) the survey includes removal of some paint system and taking moisture meter readings


“We commissioned Mr Rowles to carry out a full condition (pre purchase) survey on a 26 year old HR352. In his response to our initial inquiry Mr Rowles was precise in what the survey would cover, what he would charge, and when the survey and if required the sea trial could be carried out. The execution of the survey was thorough, well organised, and meticulously carried out.”Christopher and Annabel Moir