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Pre-Purchase Surveys

Pre-purchase Survey

A pre-Purchase Survey is by far the most common survey and will in most cases, be the most detailed and in depth survey where the Client, frequently, is a first time buyer with little or no previous knowledge in this field and has total reliance on the Surveyor’s expertise.

Pre purchase Survey with Olsen MarineThis survey is normally but not exclusively required by the Owner or prospective Owner of the craft for the purpose of obtaining insurance, finance or as security for a loan, or indeed just for the Owners use. The Client’s requirements should be clearly discussed and agreed prior to accepting instructions to ascertain the exact purpose of the survey and the possible duty of care and to whom.

N.B. A pre-purchase and condition survey is considered to ascertain the structural condition of the craft. All other items are inspected on a non-intrusive, visual basis only unless specifically agreed in the contract of survey.

Pre-purchase Survey Sea trial with Olsen MarineThe following list is considered to be the minimum areas/items that should be covered by the Surveyor undertaking and carrying out this type of survey:

Bilge Pumps   Keel Cathodic Protection  Machinery Decks, deck equipment    Mast, rigging & sails Equipment levels Plumbing  Electrical Installations  Rudders & Hangings  Davits, boarding ladders & accesses  Steering gear  Fastenings  Stem Gear  Fire Equipment   Superstructure Fresh Water installations  Safety equipment  Fuel tanks & pipework Stern glands  Gas systems Shafts and couplings  Guard & Handrails Skin fittings/sea cocks Ground Tackle  Toilet installations Hatches & openings  Ventilation systems  Hull bottom coating   Windows & Portlights

The survey should at all times be undertaken in accordance with the Code of Practice published by the Institute with regard to the hull structure.

The survey shall contain recommendations as to work required and the Client should be advised in writing to obtain several estimates for this work prior to purchase. – See more at: