|Extra protection when buying a Boat|
Buying a boat, whether that be new or second-hand, is a major purchase and the CBA
recommend that you think carefully before buying.
If buying second-hand, then consider instructing a marine surveyor to conduct a close inspection
before buying the boat, and ensuring that any deposit paid is fully refundable 'subject to survey'.
Surveys can cover just the hull or can cover the whole boat or anything in between, depending
upon your circumstances and budget. It is not recommended that you rely upon a BSS Certificate
alone as this only shows that the boat met the Boat Safety Scheme requirements on the day it
was issued and that these requirements don't cover the hull or engine!
If buying new, then consider instructing a marine surveyor to hold your hand during the process.
A good surveyor can look at your ideas before work commences, keep an eye on progress and
help to ensure that payments made to the boatbuilder are in-line with the work completed &
purchases made. As an independent person, the surveyor can also help confirm details to such
as finance companies. When complete, the surveyor can confirm that your boat meets the
necessary requirements for navigation.
You may think that this is unnecessary for a new boat build, as you get on well with the
boatbuilder and they are a CBA member. However, remember that no matter how friendly or
respected, they are a commercial operation relying upon your and other buyers custom, and
things can go wrong with any business that may result in you losing money. Instructing a
surveyor may not prevent this, but it's a good idea to reduce the likelihood. In addition, although
the boat has to meet the requirements of the Recreational Craft Directive, for inland waterway
craft this is by self-certification and no matter how conscientious the boatbuilder, things can be
missed and an independent view can minimise problems with compliance. Hence, instructing a
marine surveyor is a procedure that the CBA recommends.
The CBA not only has boatbuilder members but only Marine Surveyors that can offer the
services mentioned above. Just search under Surveyors on the home page for a full list.