Boat Inspection Before You Buy

There are a lot of good used Boats for sale. Many of them are in good condition as the owners might have sold them because they would be moving or want to upsize. Other times in Riviera boat sales, the boats might have been sold because of some defect. Unfortunately, we mere mortals are not omniscient. We would have to investigate what goes on or what has happened in these Boats for sale. Any of the Boats for sale that you would be interested in buying should go through some inspection by you. Even though many of these boat sales are used boats, the cost is still relatively expensive, and it would be better to put this money to some other use instead of wasting it on a lousy boat. Thus, it is economical and very suitable for you in the future to have any of the Boats for sale that you would want to buy inspected.

For any inspections, it is highly recommended that you scout out a surveyor to do the actual review. If you have a friend who is a surveyor, then you are lucky enough. Otherwise, you would have to hunt for an accredited surveyor, as anyone can appear like they know everything there is to know about boats if you are not the nautical genius that you would like to be. A surveyor is a perfect and efficient way to tell you whether or not you should buy the boat. All the surveyors have to do is inspect the Boats for sale, and then the final decision is in your hands. Sure, there may be instances wherein a surveyor might say that the boat would be suitable for present usage, but it is still determining if it will last long. You can then use situations like these to grab a good discount with the previous owner or the current retailer of the Boats for sale. Sometimes, your insurance company would insist on getting a surveyor to do the inspections, and then you would have no choice. However, a surveyor is still highly recommended if you have a more informal penchant for doing things and like things to be done the street-smart way. Never rely on past surveys, as many things could have happened in that period. This is one crucial mistake that a lot of boat sales buyers make.


You may not want or need an inspector if you are experienced enough to inspect independently. However, sometimes you forget to check for things that usually do not skip your mind. An excellent place to start would be to decide whether the boat has been treated well. There are a lot of evident and prominent features like the gel coat, the upholstery and the woodwork that will tell you right up whether to continue or stop in your tracks and look for other Boats for sale. If these apparent features have yet to be well taken care of, what more are the different parts of the boat? Could you check if there are any parts on the boat's exterior in which the paint jobs do not match? This is a usual indication that the ship has met with an accident in the past. It is also essential to check the interior and the wooden decking for malicious soft spots. Other good things to check for on Boats for sale are water lines on the engine or inside the boat. If there are any, there is a perfect chance that the ship has flooded in the past. The control cables needed for the throttle and steering must be in good condition, as the transmission and steering must move freely. You can manually open and close the hatches as well as the sea cocks to make sure that they are still good to go. Any watermarks inside one of the hatches of the Boats for sale would indicate that one of the Boats for purchase is not watertight anymore, and this might spell disaster in the future.

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Take the time to check that the entire hardware is firmly attached and that the electrical components are rust-free. Also, check all the systems like the air-con, the generator, the stove, and other parts and appliances inside the Boats for sale to ensure they are still in good condition. Doing these tests on whichever of the Boats for sale that you want to buy would help ensure that you would not suffer any inconvenience or problems in the future. A little always goes a long way, even in boat sales. You can also use a marine finance repayment calculator to plan your financing effectively.

Here is a government website that maybe of assistance when looking for a marine surveyor

Need help organising a boat inspection? Contact Jade Boat Loans on 1300 005 233, and our consultants will guide you in the right direction.