Frequently asked questions
Before you buy a boat you should get a “Pre-Purchase” survey. This is a very detailed report on the condition of the boat.
If you choose not to buy the boat based on the negative survey findings, the survey will have been well worth the cost. If you do buy the boat, your insurer will require the survey. The surveyor should be hired by the buyer, and not the seller.
An Insurance Survey or ” Condition and Valuation” survey is a report that typically contains less information than a “Pre-Purchase” survey. The main use of this type of report is to satisfy the insurer that the boat is a reasonable risk and to make the owner aware of any safety-related issues. It does not contain enough detailed information to make a decision on whether or not to buy a boat.
Some surveyors make no distinction between the above two common kinds of survey. They charge the same rate for both. I charge a lower fee for a “Condition and Valuation” as it does not need to be as detailed as a “Pre-Purchase” survey and should therefore be priced differently.
Please see my pricing page on the menu.
I am located in Toronto and offer surveys within the Greater Toronto Area and beyond. I also offer surveys at the Toronto Island yacht clubs and marinas.
A per km travel charge is added to the fee on surveys. Please see rate sheet on menu for more detail.
Chris brings decades of hands-on practical experience in the marine services field to his survey work. The Society of Accredited Marine Surveyors SAMS® has recognized this experience in giving Chris the SAMS®- SA designation. This experience combined with ongoing education and research makes Chris the right choice for a thorough competent survey.
Please ensure the boat is ready for survey. It should be reasonably clear so that lockers and hatches can be accessed for internal inspection. The bilge should be reasonably clean. Any keys required for lockers must be supplied or their location supplied. Mast locations should be made known, and / or tagged, for sailboats that have the mast removed.
While you are welcome to attend the survey, it is not required. I just need to know the location of the boat in the yard or marina and where the keys are. If you are planning on meeting me at the boat, please understand my timing is subject to last minute changes and I do not generally make appointments for specific times. I will be there on a given day, but beyond that my schedule is flexible.