Setting Sail with Confidence: Benefits of Pre-Purchase Marine Boat Surveys

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Setting Sail with Confidence: Benefits of Pre-Purchase Marine Boat Surveys

When you’re buying a boat, or any vehicle for that matter, you want to be sure that what you’re getting is working correctly and ready to take on the open sea. One way to ensure that you can trust and rely on your purchase is through a marine survey. A pre-purchase marine boat survey is an inspection conducted by a qualified expert to assess the condition and value of a vessel. At Sun Coast Marine Surveying, we understand our customers want to have the confidence in their new vessel that they’ll have an enjoyable experience each time they set sail. Here we will look at some of the benefits of Sun Coast Marine Surveying pre-purchase marine boat surveys so your time out on the water is problem-free.

A primary benefit to using a professional marine surveyor like Sun Coast Marine Surveying is that you get an unbiased assessment of the boat’s condition. The marine surveyor is not a part of the sale, meaning they don’t have any financial investment nor agenda when inspecting a boat. As a third-party inspector, they are trained to recognize any potential problems with the vessel that could affect its worth or serviceability. This helps buyers make an informed decision when it comes to deciding whether they should move forward with a purchase and get out on the water with confidence.

The pre-purchase marine boat survey itself consists of two major parts. First, is the “hull/structure survey” which examines the overall condition of the vessels hull, superstructure, decks, and major components such as engines, bilge, hatches, etc. for overall integrity. Secondly there’s the “equipment survey” which looks at all of the equipment installed or included in the sale. This includes items such as navigational electronics, pumps/plumbing systems, batteries/electrical installations, life saving devices among other types of equipment found on board. More specifically, the surveyor will evaluate whether or not these items are functioning properly and if safety regulations are being met.

Once comprehensive inspections of both parts are completed, your Sun Coast Marine Surveyor will then provide you with an appraisal report containing details regarding any defects or repairs needed to bring the vessel up to standard along with current market values for comparison. This information can then be used by you to negotiate for price adjustments or a possible withdrawal from the sales agreement if major issues are discovered.

At Sun Coast Marine Surveying, we take great pride in providing quality inspections that give peace of mind in knowing that safety and reliability are at optimal levels before you cast off. We strive to be thorough, accurate and our experienced staff strives to work with you throughout the entire process. Backed by decades of experience on all types of craft, our ABYC Certified Marine Surveyors offer expertise and excellence in every job we do.

Whether you are looking to buy your first boat or just need to get your existing one surveyed; Sun Coast Marine Surveying can help make set sail with confidence and security. We guarantee all our reports meet industry standards and are complete down to the finest detail possible so you can feel secure in your purchase. Visit for more information or call today to inquire about scheduling a marine survey that fits your needs!

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