Narrowboats & Narrowboat style Broad Beam Craft
Three types of standard survey are available for Narrowboat owners and buyers: Pre Purchase Surveys, Surveys for Insurance, and Hull Only Surveys. Most narrowboats have a steel plate hull which due to corrosion or contact with the bed of shallow canals will thin over time and eventually require partial or full overplating if the life of the boat is to be extended. So it is important for owners or buyers of this type of craft to know the remaining thickness of the hull plating and therefore all standard Narrowboat surveys include ultrasonic thickness testing of the shell plating and a separate detailed ultrasonic thickness test report is included with the survey report at no extra charge. A Cygnus 4 Digital Ultrasonic Thickness Gauge is used to determine the thickness of the plating, this is a multiple echo instrument that can read through protective coatings and corrosion.
Narrowboat Surveys are competitively priced to take into account the narrow beam and simple construction of these craft. These surveys are also available for Narrowboat style Broad Beam Boats. All surveys are provided in hard copy and also electronic form for onward transmission to insurers etc.
Pre Purchase Surveys: Designed specifically for the boat buyer, this survey is a detailed survey of the boat and its systems and wherever possible the boat is inspected in the water as well as lifted out. Buying a boat is a big decision and can seem frightening, so for boat buyers new to the process of buying a boat or anyone who has concerns, the surveyor will give advice to assist the prospective buyer through the purchase. A pre purchase survey can also be used when insuring a boat and a written valuation for insurance or finance purposes can be provided for a small additional fee if required. More information on the extent of a pre purchase survey can be found in the ‘Buying a Boat’ section of the website.
If a boat owner wishes to have a detailed survey of their boat carried out that covers all the areas included in a pre purchase survey, perhaps prior to selling, then a Full Condition Survey can be conducted and if agreed the liability can be transferred to a new owner when the boat is sold. That is the boat can be sold with an accompanying survey report to speed up the sale and make the boat more attractive to prospective buyers.
Insurance Surveys: This survey covers all areas of the boat that could be of interest to an insurer and includes a valuation for this purpose. This survey is for the boat owner and is not aimed at or suited to the boat buyer. The boat will only be inspected out of the water. More information on the extent of an insurance survey can be found in the ‘Survey for Insurance’ section of the website.
Hull Only Surveys: This is a lesser survey that covers only the hull, stern gear, and through hull fittings. This is aimed at the boat owner who wants to know the condition of their hull and whether remedial work is likely to be required. However some insurers may accept a hull only survey for insurance purposes and a written valuation can be provided for a small additional fee if required. If a hull only survey is to be used for insurance it is important that a boat owner confirms this with their insurer before commissioning the survey.
Other surveys such as damage surveys or stand alone Valuations can be carried out to suit the requirements of the boat owner or other interested party.
Please contact McNeil Marine Surveying if you require information on the buying process or any other type of survey, we are here to assist.