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Buying a secondhand boat can be a tricky business. As with cars and houses, sellers often go to considerable lengths to disguise defects and create a good impression pre-sale. But more often than not, owners are completely unaware of underlying issues.  Are there indicators of osmotic blistering, structural damage or rot? Are skin-fittings dezincified, or corroded to the point of collapse?

Few system failures occur out of the blue: many are the result of slow degradation or poor maintenance.  A good marine surveyor knows where to look for these signs and can advise on how to rectify the problem and how urgently it should be addressed. Is your dream yacht really such a good buy?  Or should you renegotiate the price?

Even brand new boats have their problems, as our commissioning surveys often demonstrate. While delivering a new production boat from its Florida factory to the Caribbean some years ago, we compiled a defect list two pages long within several hours of going to sea.  Some of these problems were serious enough to keep the boat in port for weeks while the owners battled with the manufacturer over warranty.

Unfortunately this is not unusual. Defects are often present during the warranty period, but only become apparent when the vessel is surveyed for a prospective buyer.


In Australia:

JM Marine Survey 
Phone: 0437 389 320 / +61 437 389 320
ABN 50967492201
P.O. Box 300, Seaforth, NSW 2092, Australia

In Singapore:

JM Marine Surveys Singapore Pte Ltd 
Phone: +65 8540 0835 / +60 196 073 644
Company no. 201404814R
PO Box 711, Harbourfront Post Office, 910934 Singapore