For us as an independent surveyor firm, Constellation Marine’s major market segment is that of carrying out pre-purchase surveys on behalf of the prospective purchaser of a yacht.
The range of craft available to a prospective buyer is enormous, as is the experience level of the prospective owner. Generally speaking a yacht purchase is a luxury item and frequently the purchase can be very emotive. Some of the factors that should be considered before a purchase include: intended use, budget and level of previous experience. After these, come more specific questions are considered such as need for a crew, where the craft is to be kept and how much time/money will maintenance require.
For a survey, Constellation Marine surveyor establishes the prospective owner’s requirements although a standard form and check list is available. It is not uncommon to quote for a survey to a client for a 30 ft GRP sloop but end up surveying a 42 ft wooden classic! A Constellation Marine surveyor takes time to discuss with the prospective client’s requirements and from his own experiences and preferences; he offers advice and assistance where appropriate.
Each type of survey will have particular requirement subject to the intention of the client commissioning the survey.
STRUCTURAL SURVEY OR (“INDEPTH SURVEY” FOR SALE AND PURCHASE):
A structural survey is a survey, in depth, of some or all of the physical structure of the vessel. Generally such a survey will require significant opening up of the inside of the vessel and the taking of typical samples from representative parts of the boat for detailed laboratory analysis. The primary objective of this type of survey is to positively confirm the condition of the structure. Such a survey is both time consuming and expensive and is not normally carried out unless there is a specific reason for such an in depth investigation.