This depends on our schedule. Please get in contact and we will let you know. Generally we will need a period of 2-3 days to plan the survey. Busy periods will require 10-15 days’ notice.
The survey fee depends on a number of conditions like the boat's size, specifications, location, scope of work, etc.
Again, this depends on the size of the yacht, and exactly what type of survey is being carried out. Generally for a full condition survey, yachts (power and sail) up to around 45 feet can be inspected in one full day. Larger yachts can take up to 3 or even 4 days. We guarantee that the report will be ready within ten working days after the survey inspection. If you need the report sooner than this, let us know beforehand and we will give you estimation as to when the report will be ready.
Our reports are fairly detailed; there will be a description of each area of inspection including the systems. The report will also include a list of defects and recommendations for their repair.
Yes we do.
Yes you can, just be aware that we are quite busy during the trial and might not have time to discuss all the defects with you until after we have completed the task.
Please refer back to our full condition page for more details. Don?t hesitate to contact us directly if you have any specific concerns about the yacht in question.
Yes, we will need access to all the internal areas of the yacht including inside lockers and the bilge spaces. It is important that all owners possessions and gear are removed from the yacht to allow us good access- this does not include standard sailing inventory.
Generally yes, and you would need to provide a skipper for this. The exception is when the survey is carried out on hard standing only.
Yes, we often do the survey in two parts: Out-of-water, and then weeks or even months later we follow up with an in-water inspection including sea trial. You would need to provide a skipper for the trial
It depends to an extent on the yacht, but most trials on small to mid-sized yachts are completed within an hour. Sailing yachts are sailed on both tacks. The engine is allowed to warm up to operating temperature before it is tested.
Generally yes, however the yacht would need to be afloat and we would need to be satisfied that the halyards are in good condition and that it is safe to go aloft.
We can do this, but it is not part of the survey so further inspection will incur extra costs.
We discuss your exact requirements and offer a tailor-made proposal for the scope of the survey. This will be discussed with you, the client, prior to the inspection.
Good question. We would recommend without much reservation that you commission a survey when you purchase a new yacht; that is, unless you are completely familiar with the boat. Insurance companies often insist on an out-of-water condition survey every 5 or ten years, although each company will have their own policy.
You should also consider having a survey:
An appraisal survey is a limited scope survey/ survey of limited scope, and is usually carried out to decide if the boat meets the minimum buying criteria and to establish whether or not it is necessary to conduct a full condition survey.
For the same yacht, yes you can. We can advise you at the time of the appraisal survey what the reduction in cost would be for a full condition survey
It can be as detailed as you wish, but generally the survey will follow the inspection procedure as a full condition survey, but in much less detail. For example during a full condition survey all the portable sole (floor) boards will be lifted, but during an appraisal survey we might only lift the sole board in areas that we think are most lightly to reveal damage e.g. around the keel support structure on a sailing yacht. If you have any specific concerns about the yacht, or there are any areas that you specifically want inspecting, let us know beforehand and we will include this in the inspection. Sometimes we are commissioned to carry out an appraisal survey when our client has not seen the yacht, in this case we can include photos or even video in the report.
Yes, a standard full condition survey will include an ?Osmosis? or Gel coat blistering check. Alternatively, we can do this as part of/ a limited scope survey.
This requisite comes from insurance companies; some will indeed insist on the rigging being replaced at 10 years. This time frame has not been introduced through engineering principles, but through statistics. At YSG, we would not necessarily recommend 10 years, but 15 years would certainly be our limit up to which standing rigging should be replaced. It really depends on how the rig has been used, in what conditions, and how it has been maintained.
There are some good rigging guidelines from Navtec here:
For an efficient examination of the yacht, the surveyor needs adequate access to all inspection areas. Pre-survey preparation of the yacht will significantly enhance the quality of the survey and will save time and additional expenses.
YSG surveyors require the following prior to inspection:
If the survey is for an insurance claim, it is important to speak to your insurers directly. They will give you instructions that will usually involve making every attempt to prevent further damage. It is important that we are notified as soon as possible after the damage so we can attend quickly. Keep all damaged items and gear if you wish to make a claim.
If you are making an insurance claim, always talk to your insurers directly. We can help find repairers, although we are not affiliated with any specific repair company; it is important for us to remain independent.
We can do but this is not part of the initial damage survey so there would be additional costs.
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