Services for Buyers

We offer a number of services for boat and yacht buyers:

Pre-purchase condition surveys

If you are buying a boat or a yacht an inspection from a Professional Yacht Surveyor, like Maple Marine, helps uncover problems with your potential purchase that you may not be able to spot. Maple Marine have both the equipment and the knowledge to provide you with a professional assessment of the condition of the vessel.

The purpose of all condition surveys is to have an independent expert check for any major defects or issues that could cause problems or require repair. It is recommended that the yacht is inspected both in and out of the water for a full assessment to be completed with as much detail as possible.

Let us know if your insurance or finance companies need a copy of the report, and we can supply more copies if required.

“Several surveyors were suggested when I was buying my Linssen. Against Martin’s name came the comment that he was rather zealous and could be very detailed. This was good enough for me to immediately engage him. As suggested the survey was very thorough and the report comprehensive.
Equally impressive to me was the time and assistance which Martin has freely given me. From the moment I first contacted him he regularly communicated with me; starting with sorting times for the survey and the cranage, through to getting the report to me when I was in the US, and talking me through it, then walking me through the boat explaining his comments when the boat arrived at my Marina (and Martin coincidentally was also there doing a survey), to continuing to answer my emails very promptly as I have asked him for advice on implementing his recommendations.
Not only a full comprehensive survey, but also an outstanding total service.” SH.

Limited scope survey

We can look at just part of the vessel for you if you wish. For example, you may decide that you want to limit the survey to the outside of the hull. In that case we would perform a limited scope survey which covers only the items you ask us to survey.

However, these surveys would not cover anything other than items that we have been asked to inspect.

For example, if the survey is to be carried out in the water, we cannot comment on anything that requires access to the bottom to inspect and that we cannot see.

Pre-survey inspection

If you are not able to get to a boat our surveyors can look at a boat to give you an indication of the condition as a quick pre-survey inspection.

This is useful if you are not local to the boat, or are interested in buying a boat you have found in England, when you live abroad. This service is a cost effective way of getting an independent set of eyes to report on the general condition. The report will provide you with a series of independently taken pictures by a marine professional along with an outline description of the vessel. It will highlight obvious faults and report on the general state of the vessel.

It does not take away the need for a pre-purchase survey, which covers structural and safety issues but will be useful if you are unable to attend the vessel yourself or you want a quick second opinion before proceeding.

Note: Maple Marine surveyors will not survey a yacht if already commissioned to survey the boat by a seller. This would represent a conflict of interest that would be contrary to the ethics of Maple Marine.

Note: Maple Marine surveyors can assess your prospective purchase from the point of view of the MCGA Codes of practice if you are looking to charter the yacht.