Each survey is different and each client has their own needs. In the pre-inspection conversations we take note of the specific requirements and the particular characteristics of the vessel and propose a type of inspection to meet the required objectives.
Our services include inspecting the boat afloat to check water tightnes, inspect bilges, run the engines and mechanical, hydraulic, electrical, electronic, safety and comfort systems. We check mast, rigging, sails, deck gear and .
On the dry, the inner and outer structural elements are checked with a detailed visual inspection of the hull above and below the waterline, hull-deck joints, hull-keel joints and rudders. We perform percussion tests, moisture measurement on composite and wood hulls or ultrasound mesurement of plates width on metal vessels as well as propellers, axes, transmissions and skin-fittings and valves.
It is often necessary to also perform a sea trial in which sailing performance, motor, important systems are checked.on real conditions.
All inspections are carried out under a contract once the quoatation has been accepted. It will be necessary to manage the permits to visit the boat, access to marina or dry dock facilities. The hull should dry off for 24 prior to inspection. In most cases it takes two to three full days to make an inspection plus two more labourable days to process the inspection report.
Types of surveys
Pre-purchase/sale Survey: Exhaustive, afloat and out of the water inspection of the vessel, structure and equipment that determines and provides a complete report of the ship’s condition with a list of required jobs, classified as urgent, necessary and recommended. This inspection will allow the buyer to assess the suitability of the vessel for the desired use and negotiatiate the sale price. It will be accepted by the insurance company and is essential for a responsible purchase. An inspection report updated and signed by a reputed technician is also a magnificent sales argument.
Preliminary survey: This is an inspection in which a general overview of the vessel is given without delving into the elements that would allow to determine the real state of the boat. It serves the buyer to discard a vessel or decide to make a deeper inspection. It will save you unnecessary travel and have the opinion of an expert at a reasonable price.
Specific Inspection: Inspection of elements or a specific part of the vessel such as structure, hull (osmosis blistering, thickness, cracks …) electrical, mechanical, rigging, sails, deck gear … It will be very useful to the owner or captain to determine refits or repairs to be made.
Inspection for insurance: Assessment of the causes and extent of damage caused to the boat in an accident as well as inspections to satisfy the safety and navigability requirements demanded by the companies
Valuation: inspection to determine the current market value of a vessel, for sale or financing purposes
Once the inspection has been carried out and processed, we write and deliver a detailed and signed survey report of the actual state of the boat, detected defects, their severity, causes and possible repairs or improvements. Classified as urgent (must be done immediately or prior to sailing), necessary (it is necessary to do them within a certain period) and recommended (should be done but do not affect safety, structure or maneuverability).
Normally takes two or three working days to process the information and write the report. The reports can be written in Catalan, Spanish or English