Conditions Survey

Our condition surveys examine all significant visible aspects of the vessel's structure and equipment. The contents of our survey reports reflect the detail and methodical inspection the vessel has received. When requested the engine is run and visually inspected during a sea trial for water/oil leaks, exhaust emissions, water temperature, oil pressure and general performance.


Detailed assessment of engine installations and state of maintenance. Engine testing if required for satisfactory running, back pressure, gearbox operation, integrity of lubricating, cooling systems and hoses. Inspection of engine controls, mounts and exhaust system. Sail drive and stern drive inspections for corrosion, wear and satisfactory operation.

Inspection and testing of bilge pumps. Appraisal of fresh water, sanitation and fire fighting pumps.

Inventory of safety equipment. Inspection of anchors and cables. Assessment of fire risks and fire fighting installations.

Testing of navigation instruments. Radio check transmission. Position check on GPS.

Inspection of tanks, pipes and hoses for corrosion, support and leaks. Gas installation and integrity of hoses and pipes. Ventilation of gas locker. Testing of bilge alarms.

Inspection of cooking and sanitary equipment. Testing of heating and cooling systems and inspection of their installations. Assessment of furnishings, linings and joinery. State of bilges and concealed spaces. Ventilation.


*Keys to be available for the cabins, lockers, battery switches and engine starting panel.

*Batteries to be charged and connected.

*Instruments to be connected.

*Sails to be available at the vessel.

*Past repair and re-rigging invoices, and survey reports to be made available if possible.

*Vessel to be made available out of the water for underwater inspection, and also in the water for engine testing if requested. Lockers empty.


We do not recommend that you have your vessel surveyed during lunchtime travel lifts which usually last 2 hours. It is impossible to obtain accurate moisture readings on GRP vessels in this time scale. The limited time frame reduces the opportunities for the surveyor discovering defects to the external structure, of which significant areas are obscured by lifting slings. Our recommendation is always to have the vessel lifted and secured on hard standing at least one day before the survey.