Yacht Surveys in Cornwall Vessels surveyed in Falmouth and beyond

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Insurance Survey Yacht & Small Craft

Insurance companies often require a survey report to ensure that the vessel is a reasonable risk and that the condition is seaworthy.

Hull Structure

  • GRP Yachts: Moisture testing
  • GRP Yachts: Gelcoat examination (e.g. identification of stress and collision damage
  • Wooden Yachts & Boats: Sounding of planks to identify areas of decay
  • Steel Yachts & Boats: Using ultrasonic thickness testing
  • Plus,
  • Grounding damage
  • Identifying areas of repair
  • Fibreglass de-lamination
  • Distortion
  • Internal structure

Super Structure

  • Superstructure
  • Decks, firmness underfoot, de-lamination
  • Gelcoat/timber cockpit and cabin coamings condition
  • The decks are inspected for signs of distortion particularly in the position of loaded deck fittings
  • Hull to deck joint

Keel & ballast

  • Type of keel and materials used
  • Signs of movement or grounding damage
  • The hull structure in the position of the keel, (cracks or distortion)
  • Keel bolts and security

Stern Gear

  • Propellers, (condition, security)
  • Shaft alignment
  • Cutlass bearings
  • P brackets
  • Sail drives inc oil sample, Diagphram
  • Anodes and cathodic protection
  • Stern Glands
  • Rope cutters

Steering Gear

  • Rudders
  • Moisture content readings
  • Rudder bearings
  • Steering systems i.e. Hydraulic, wire or tiller
  • Steering pedestals
  • Emergency steering
  • Autopilots

Spars & Rigging

  • Mast and boom type and condition
  • Gooseneck & kicking strap
  • Furling gear
  • Standing rigging
  • Standing rigging tension
  • Sheets & halyards

Deck Fittings (typically)

  • Chainplates and fastenings
  • Cleats and fairleads
  • Windless
  • Winches
  • Halyard clutches
  • Main sheet track
  • Genoa tracks
  • Grab Rails
  • Stanchions
  • Guard wires
  • Bow & stern rails
  • Bow roller
  • Davits

Safety equipment

  • Danbuoy
  • Lifejackets
  • Harnesses
  • Flares
  • Gas alarm
  • Jackstays
  • First aid kit
  • Radar reflector
  • Day shapes
  • Fire blanket
  • Horn
  • Liferaft

Ground tackle

  • Anchor type and weight
  • Chain and warp
  • Chain/anchor locker
  • Is the ground tackle adequate

Windows and hatches

  • Windows
  • Companionway doors and hatches
  • Deck hatches
  • Portlights
  • Flybridge and cockpit screens
  • Inspecting for leaks

Gas installation

  • Gas locker
  • Gas hoses and connections
  • Gas pipe
  • Shut off valves and regulators

Fuel installation

  • Fuel tank Material
  • Security
  • Filter type and condition
  • Condition of fuel pipes or hoses

DC Electrical systems

  • Batteries
  • Isolation switches
  • Switch panels
  • Wiring installation
  • Cabin and navigation lights
  • Volt & ammeters
  • Cables at the mast base

AC electrical systems

  • Circuit breakers
  • Wiring installation

Bilge systems

  • Manual pumps
  • Electric pumps, inc Float switches and bilge alarm systems
  • Condition of the bilges

Seacocks & through hull fittings

  • Skin fittings
  • Seacocks/shut off valves
  • Hoses connected to through hull fittings
  • Transducer fittings

About Nick Healey, Surveying Yachts and Small Craft in Cornwall, Devon and other European locations

Your yacht insurance survey will be conducted by Nick Healey. Nick has more than nine years of yacht surveying experience and is a member of the ‘International Institute of Marine Surveyors and Yacht Designers’ and the ‘Surveyors Association’.

Nick has surveyed more than 1,500 boats during his yacht surveying career. Surveys are typically undertaken in the following regions:

United Kingdom:

Cornwall, including: Falmouth, Penzance, St Mawes, Penryn, Mylor, Helford, Camel Estuary, Rock, Mounts Bay, Millbrook, Torpoint

Devon, including: Plymouth (River Tamar), Dartmouth (River Dart)

European (Non UK):


Nick is also a keen sailor and has cruised, raced and delivered yachts. Nick has logged more than 15,000 nautical miles and has been qualified as a ‘Yacht Master’ for more than 10 years.
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