New-Boat Survey Tips

Use these tips to ensure that your new boat is thoroughly inspected.

The Value of a New-Boat Survey

New-Boat Survey Tips

The Value of a New-Boat SurveyJohn Bildahl

Laminate
Our surveyor found no voids in the hull laminate, meaning no hidden surprises for a prospective buyer.

Hull Liner
Fitted with a hull liner/cabin pan, this boat is tough but may prove harder to repair in the event of a collision.

Bulkheads
The survey proved the quality of the bulkheads' design and installation, verified by sea trial.

Stringers
Stringer design was determined suitable for service by survey inspection and sea trial.

The Value of a New-Boat Survey

New-Boat Survey Tips

The Value of a New-Boat SurveyJohn Bildahl

Through-Hulls
There are unobstructed handles, double clamps and sheaths that prevent cut fingers.

The Value of a New-Boat Survey

New-Boat Survey Tips

The Value of a New-Boat SurveyJohn Bildahl

Running Gear
Our surveyor checked the shaft for true running on land and during sea trials.

The Value of a New-Boat Survey

New-Boat Survey Tips

The Value of a New-Boat SurveyJohn Bildahl

Exhaust System
Installed to standards aboard the Beneteau, it's a weak link aboard many inboard boats.

The Value of a New-Boat Survey

New-Boat Survey Tips

The Value of a New-Boat SurveyJohn Bildahl

Prop and Rudder
The survey report commented on the rudder's installation as well as providing maintenance tips for potential owners.

The Value of a New-Boat Survey

New-Boat Survey Tips

The Value of a New-Boat SurveyJohn Bildahl

Haul-Out
Arrange a haul-out and a sea trial as part of your survey for the most complete report.

The Value of a New-Boat Survey

New-Boat Survey Tips

The Value of a New-Boat SurveyJohn Bildahl

Grab Rail
This grab rail met ABYC installation standards, but more handholds are suggested.

The Value of a New-Boat Survey

New-Boat Survey Tips

The Value of a New-Boat SurveyJohn Bildahl

Helm
Surveyors comment on sight lines from an ABYC standards viewpoint, as well as comparing them to those aboard other boats.

The Value of a New-Boat Survey

New-Boat Survey Tips

The Value of a New-Boat SurveyJohn Bildahl

Layout
Our surveyor lauds the flybridge but suggests improvements, like installing stout pad eyes, a buyer should consider prior to committing.