Thorough surveys – promptly reported – clearly explained

Maple Marine are independent yacht surveyors covering both inland waterways and coastal surveys worldwide.

We have a reputation for performing thorough surveys. We spend as long as is needed and don’t skimp on the time we spend looking at the boat.

We report in a prompt manner, often finishing and delivering the report the as quickly as practicable. We know that prompt receipt of the report is important to you so you can complete the purchase, be able to use your boat commercially, or have your boat repaired at the earliest opportunity.

Before we send you the report we will aim to call you to go through our findings in order to give you a good understanding of the issues and recommendations before you get the report to read. In this way you can ask for clarification and gain a full understanding of what is behind the recommendations.

Our aim is to provide you with a clear understanding of the condition of the vessel so you can make your decisions with confidence.

Objective surveys

Our role is to inspect the boat in an objective, fair and independent way, factually reporting on the condition of the boat.

We highlight both the good things as well as the defects, giving a rounded assessment of the boat. We do not just present a list of defects.

Our surveyor is an accredited member of the Yacht Designers and Surveyors Association (YDSA), a Fellow of the Royal Institution of Naval Architects (RINA), and a Fellow of the International Institute of Marine Surveyors (IIMS). Maple Marine is a member of the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) and the British Marine Federation (BMF). He is currently the chairman of the YDSA.

Call us on 07901 550408 for a quote and to book your pre-purchase survey.

“I really am very impressed with the quality, thoroughness, depth and professionalism of the survey you carried out on the boat last week.
There probably isn’t that much to do with boats with which we can ever feel that we have achieved great value but I truly feel in the case of your survey that on this occasion you have provided just that.”
Glenn Haley, Berkshire.

Our Aims

We aim to be open, honest, fair and diligent with our surveys.

Pre-purchase surveys

For Pre-purchase surveys, our aim is for you to have an understanding of the good points and issues of the boat you are looking to buy so that you are better informed to make your mind up on how you want to proceed.* We aim to get the report to you in a timely manner, keeping you informed of timescales and changes to them.

Coding surveys

For MCA coding surveys our aim is to provide a pragmatic service, that helps you to achieve the code requirements as clearly as possible, in a timely way.

Tonnage surveys

For tonnage surveys, our aim is to undertake the work at a time of mutual convenience, in a way that disrupts your use of the boat as little as possible and gets you the tonnage measurement in a timely fashion.

“The whole survey process was more thorough and comprehensive than I had anticipated and the report was clear and comprehensive. I felt that I received good value for money.”

* The scope and limitations of the survey can limit what we can report on.

What happens during your survey?

The process covered here is for a pre-purchase survey to give you a flavour of how we work. The details of other survey types may vary, but the principles and values expressed hold for all types of survey.

“With upfront clarity about the level of service and no hidden costs, Maple Marine carried out an excellent, well documented survey that left me in no doubt as to the quality of the vessel I was going to purchase. I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend them or use their services again in the future.”

Before the survey happens

The first stage of the survey process involves putting together an agreement for undertaking the survey. Our yacht surveyors use the Yacht Designers and Surveyor Standard Agreement and Terms of Business as the basis for our agreements with our clients. If you want us to send you a copy of the agreement we use, then please get in touch.
If the timescales are not too short, this agreement and your invoice will be sent to you in plenty of time before the survey so you have the time to familiarise yourself with the terms. These documents will normally be emailed to you so you have them quickly.
Before we go to survey the boat we will ask for some particular information in order to tailor the presentation of your survey to what you need. For example, we will ask where you intend to keep the boat, and how you intend to use it, so that we can tailor the recommendations for the location and they way you will be using the boat. Some items, like the material used for anodes will result from this information, as well as as helping assess the consequences of some defects.

On the day

Often the most interesting part is the out of water part, and is the bit of the boat that is rarely seen. Most of the clients who turn up to surveys come for the out of water part and a short period with the boat in the water to discuss the important issues so far.
I will let you know what time I intend to get to the boat, and what time I am expecting to be finished. That way you can plan if and when you want to get to the marina when I am there.

The reporting phase

When I know what my schedule is likely to be around your survey, I will let you know when I am expecting to be able to write your report. This is often done the day following the survey.
If for any reason I find I cannot deliver it when I thought I was going to then I will let you know as soon as I can.
The report usually takes as least as long to write as the survey takes to do.
Once written, and proof-read, I will call you to go through the findings, the recommendations and what they all mean in practice, so that you have an understanding of the issues and the reasoning behind the recommendations before you get the report. There are less shocks that way! Obviously if you are out of the country when the report is finished and you don’t want me to call, that is understood.
Once we have gone through the recommendations and you are satisfied that you understand them, the report is sent by email.