TYPES OF SURVEY

The experience achieved by annually surveying over 120 luxury yachts worldwide ranging from 30 to 200 feet in length is our distinctive asset. Our expertise covers most types of construction media from steel and aluminium Megayachts to carbon fibre racing machines, and 100+ years old classic wooden yachts.

From traditional sailing rigs to high-performance waterjet powered vessels we always endeavour to provide our clients with factual, fully-comprehensive, high quality Survey Reports.



A standard Pre-Purchase Survey consists of ascertaining the full condition of the vessel and includes the following:

  • Full and detailed inspection of the vessel both in and out of the water
    including electronic moisture detection or spot ultrasonic thickness
    gauging depending on the vessel build (GRP, metal, wood, etc).
  • Detailed non-invasive inspection of engines and all onboard systems.
  • Rigging inspection of sailing vessels (up to 1.80 m above deck).
  • Complete sea trials (motor & sail).
  • Detailed written report with photographic record

A fully comprehensive ultrasonic thickness gauging and complete visual rigging inspections can be carried out at extra cost.

Although, we cannot possibly itemize every single item that will be inspected, as these vary from vessel to vessel, the Pre-Purchase Survey includes visual inspection & performance testing of each & every piece of equipment fitted aboard from stem to stern. 

In order to ease surveying procedures and obtain the best results, we strongly recommend that the vessel is hauled-out the bottom pressure washed with freshwater at least 24 hrs prior to the begining of the survey. This is particularly important to obtain reliable moisture readings of a GRP vessel but greatly facilitates the bottom inspection of vessel built in any construction media. Haulage and bottom cleaning expenses of the haul out is normally arranged directly by the purchaser and/or his broker.

Our standard "Survey Terms & Conditions" which may help to better define the scope of our work are available upon request.

Please feel free to contact us for a detailed estimate.


Furthermore, we are fully authorized
to carry out:



MCA Compliance Examinations, Annual & Mid-term Examinations, and Inclining Experiments for vessels in commercial use up to 24 metres (Load Line Length).

Specific consultancy is provided for larger vessel under LY2.

To read more about MCA Surveys click here.



CE inspections of newly build vessels or vessels already in service seeking compliance
with the RCD (European Recreational Craft Directive).

To read more about CE-marking Surveys click here

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