The Survey

BMSE surveyors are dedicated to performing thorough condition surveys for pre-purchase purposes. This can only be achieved by a structured investigation which is performed using a mutually agreed BMSE checklist, and ensures that the entire boat is inspected as far as access permits.

There is emphasis on physical testing rather than merely visual inspection. Non destructive testing equipment is also applied where appropriate. Tests are described and the results interpreted in a way that ensures the client does not place more reliance on the test results than recommended. Reports are thorough, usually consisting of 36 sections (please see below)and take many hours of work to produce.

BMSE surveyors are always available for further discussion of the report contents and can offer guidance on most boat related matters.

BMSE surveyors take care to advise within their expertise and are not afraid to recommend further investigations by specialists or indeed further investigation via destructive testing if thought necessary. Repeat business is gained by offering a superior service at reasonable rates. Going the extra mile to ensure the client is satisfied.

Whilst for competitive reasons we cannot reveal our checklists, a BMSE condition survey will generally include inspection of the following where applicable.  The surveyor should be left free to concentrate more time on which items he feels most important for the specific yacht inspected.

Details, Particulars
Keel (External / Internal Securing)
Hull below Waterline
Topsides above Waterline including Rubbing Strake
Deck moulding
Hull/Deck Join
Bulkheads and Structural Stiffening including Internal Mouldings
Rudder and Steering
Stern Gear (External / Internal)
Cathodic Protection
Skin Fittings and other through Hull Apertures
Main Companionway and other Access to Accommodation
Ports, Windows
Pulpit, Stanchions, Pushpit, Lifelines and Jackstays
Rigging Attachment Points
Ground Tackle and Mooring Arrangements
Other Deck Gear and Fittings
Davits and Boarding Ladders
Standing Rigging
Running Rigging
Sails and Covers
Navigation Lights
Bilge Pumping Arrangements
Firefighting Equipment
Lifesaving and Emergency Equipment
Engine and Installation
Fuel System
Accommodation General
Gas Installation
Fresh Water Tanks and Delivery
Electrical Installation
Electronic and Navigation Equipment
Heating and Refrigeration

BMSE Pre-Purchase Surveys will not only be suitable for considering the yacht for purchase but also for obtaining insurance or financing.

Clients are encouraged to ask for sample reports when considering surveyors. This is one of the best ways to assess what service will be provided.