Services

We are based on the Central South Coast of the UK, but all our services can be provided in any part of the world with minimal travel costs.

Pre-purchase Condition Surveys.

Insurance Surveys.

MCA Small Commercial Vessel (SCV) Code Compliance Surveys.

Multihull Stability Book Preparation for SCV Code Compliance.

Tonnage Measurement.

Valuations for insurance or mortgage purposes.

Damage Assessments.

Repair Supervision.

PRE-PURCHASE & INSURANCE CONDITION SURVEYS

These are carried out according to the YDSA and IIMS Codes of Practice.

The purpose of a Condition Survey is to ascertain the General Structural Condition of a vessel. Other items are inspected for external appearance only, without dismantling or test.

The surveyor will inspect the parts of the vessel covered by the headings below and will undertake only minimal “opening up”. Recommendations will be made if access to any area is considered insufficient.

1 Hull, to include general condition of moulding or planking and fastenings, as visible, without dismantling. No test will be undertaken which may damage the surface coatings without the owner’s permission.
2 Keels
3 Skin Fittings
4 Steering Gear
5 Stern Gear
6 Deck and Coachroof
7 Deck fittings
8 Ground Tackle
9 Masts and Spars
10 Rigging
11 Sails
12 Gas Installation
13 Bilge Pumping
14 Interior
15 Tankage
16 Toilet Compartment
17 Engine Room
18 Electrical System
19 Cathodic Protection
Summary of general condition.

Electrical installations and navigation aids will normally be switch tested only.

Machinery, galley equipment, and gas installations will normally be inspected as seen, without dismantling or test.

If required, sea trials can be carried out and full examinations of machinery or other equipment undertaken by specialist associates if necessary.

MCA SMALL COMMERCIAL VESSEL CODE COMPLIANCE SURVEYS

These are undertaken according to the MCA Codes of Practice using the YDSA as the Certifying Authority. TheYDSA has been a Certifying Authority since the implementation of the Codes and this experience means the process can be completed with the minimum difficulties and delay.

The Harmonised Code of Practice for small commercial vessels, also known as
MGN 280 can be found on the MCA website www.mcga.gov.uk

MULTIHULL STABILITY BOOK PREPARATION

These are the stability books for multihulls required by the MCA Small Commercial Vessel Code of Practice. They are individually prepared for the vessel in question and submitted to the Certifying Authority for approval.

Having the book and code compliance survey carried out by the same surveyor gives the advantage of a “one stop shop”.

TONNAGE MEASUREMENTS

Tonnage Measurements are part of the yacht registration process and are carried out on behalf of the MCA who operate the UK Register of Ships.

Yachts are normally registered either as Part 1 of the UK Register or with the Small Ships Register.

The Small Ships Register is a relatively simple record of the vessel which has no validity of title, but can be used to show port officials the origin of the vessel. This does not require a Tonnage Measurement.

Part 1 Registry is a Title Register and Permanent Public Record of the vessel details and any registered mortgages. Tonnage Measurement provides a Tonnage Certificate which is necessary as part of the application for Part 1 registry. Part 1 Registry is a necessity for charter vessels operating outside British Waters and is usually a requirement before the grant of a Marine Mortgage.

VALUATIONS

Valuations are made following research into the current market situation and are accepted by mortgage providers and insurance companies.

DAMAGE ASSESSMENTS

These are detailed investigations into any particular incident or area of damage. They could be necessary during an insurance claim or for preparation of a repair schedule. The report can highlight the scope of repairs required or can be expanded to provide a full repair programme.

REPAIR SUPERVISION

Supervision of repairs, restoration work or refits can be provided.

This would include provision of specialists in gas installation, electronics or marine engineering as necessary.