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New-Boat Survey Tips

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

August 31, 2012
The Value of a New-Boat Survey

New-Boat Survey Tips

The Value of a New-Boat Survey John 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.

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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 Survey John 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 Survey John Bildahl

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

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The Value of a New-Boat Survey

New-Boat Survey Tips

The Value of a New-Boat Survey John 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 Survey John 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 Survey John Bildahl

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

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The Value of a New-Boat Survey

New-Boat Survey Tips

The Value of a New-Boat Survey John 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 Survey John 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 Survey John Bildahl

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

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Learn how a new-boat survey can help make you a savvier boat buyer.

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