3 May 2020

10 essential tips of navigation for boat owners

By Sonia Hook Senior Marketing Executive

Boats can be very expensive – even more so if you purchase one with pre-existing problems. A boat survey can ensure peace of mind.

    1. If you are intending to buy, insure, finance or commercially operate a boat, you should have it professionally surveyed.
    2. If your boat has been damaged in any way, a professional opinion will establish the extent of any damage and help ensure that repairs are made satisfactorily.
    3. A surveyor’s report will help you establish the true value of a boat and advise you of any unseen problems.
    4. A marine surveyor can help monitor a new build, check the quality of workmanship and that installations fully comply with the specification.
    5. When buying a new boat a surveyor can help safeguard your purchase with a pre-delivery inspection and snagging prior to hand-over.
    6. A professionally qualified surveyor will work to an established code of conduct and should also be covered by professional indemnity insurance.
    7. In the event of an accident, a surveyor can be employed to ensure that repairs are appropriate and sufficient. If submitting a claim your insurer must agree to this.
    8. In the event of a disputed claim with a supplier or repairer, a surveyor can act on your behalf as an expert witness.
    9. It’s not always necessary to have a full survey – you can instruct a surveyor to provide just the information you want eg a basic condition survey. If the survey is required for insurance purposes, check exactly what report is required.
    10. A surveyor can also offer other services such as certification for licenses and measurements for registration etc.

Boat insurance and a survey can ensure peace of mind.

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