Q: I’ve found a boat I want to buy, what type of inspection do I need?
A: A Pre-Purchase inspection is designed to provide you with information so you can make an informed decision on the boat you are thinking of buying. It will cover structural, safety, mechanical, areas of operation and ‘and safe passenger numbers. A standard report is designed to cover most of what is needed but additional, more in depth analysis can be done as required.
Q: How quickly can I arrange an inspection and report?
A: We are able to commence work generally within 1-2 days, depending upon our work load. Once the inspection is finished the report is compiled and generally available within 2-3 working days.
Q: What range of boats does KPS Maritime handle?
A: We have special trailer craft formats for boats 3-8 metres. We are yacht & small craft surveyors so we specialise in power and sailing boats up to 40 metres in length.
Q: My insurance company wants a survey, what do I need?
A: A Condition Report is the normal requirement which is similar to a Pre-Purchase inspection but more interested in points of an insurable nature. Some insurance companies will also require a valuation which can also be included for an additional charge.
Q: How much does it cost for a survey inspection?
A: Trailer boats and plate certification work is a fixed fee and for survey and inspection work we prefer to provide a quote. Other Pre-Purchase inspections are based on the size and type of construction of the vessel and quoted prior to commencement. They may also include other services such as non-destructive testing and valuations as required.We prefer to provide a fee proposal PRIOR to commencing work so you know what you are getting and what you are paying for.
A timeless quote is worth repeating:
”Nobody was ever sorry he bought the best there is!“
It’s unwise to pay too much. But it’s worse to pay too little. When you pay too much, you lose a little money; that is all. When you pay too little, you sometimes lose everything, because the thing you bought was incapable of doing the thing it was bought to do. The common law of business balance prohibits paying a little and getting a lot. If you deal with the lowest bidder, it is well to add something for the risk you run. And if you do that, you will have enough to pay for something better. There is hardly anything in the world that someone can’t make a little worse and sell a little cheaper – and people who consider price alone are this man’s lawful prey.
John Ruskin (1819- 1900)