Will Copeland, Dip Mar Sur (YS), Assoc IIMS, Accred YDSA, BSc
Independent, Qualified Yacht and Marine Surveyor
Based near Mylor and Falmouth, Cornwall, UK

Mobile 07979 707 100 • Email:

Marine Surveying

Pre-Purchase Surveys

A pre-purchase boat survey entails spending at least a day on the boat and reporting on the condition of:

  • the hull (inside and out) including osmosis checks for GRP craft
  • bulkheads, frames and supporting structures
  • stern gear (including sail drives, stern drives and IPS)
  • plumbing and gas or cooking systems
  • electrical and navigation systems
  • deck fittings and ground tackle
  • sea-cocks and skin fittings
  • deck and superstructure
  • engines, bow thruster
  • windows and hatches
  • steering equipment
  • spars and rig
  • fuel systems
  • bilge pumps
  • generators
  • anodes
  • keels
  • sails
  • and any other area at your request

These pre-purchase surveys are suitable for submission to your insurance company.

Sea Trials can also be arranged as part of your pre-purchase survey.

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Insurance Surveys

An insurance survey is a slightly shorter version of a pre-purchase survey. It excludes the cosmetic aspects of a pre-purchase survey and concentrates on the structure of the boat. It also excludes inspection of sails, electronic equipment, some electrics, generators and plumbing.

As an Associate Member of the International Institute of Marine Surveyors (IIMS), an Accredited Member of the the Yacht Designers and Surveyors Association (YDSA), elected 2008, and holding a Diploma of Marine Surveying (Yacht and Small Craft), my reports are recognised by leading insurers and lenders, such as Noble Marine Insurance.

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MCA coding

Coding surveys allow the owner to operate the vessel commercially, carrying up to 12 passengers. They often involve a stability assessment as well as checks on the vessel structure and its equipment.

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Osmosis & Damage Inspections

Osmosis Inspections are performed by closely inspecting the hull and testing it using a Tramex Moisture Meter. After such inspections, we will discuss appropriate courses of remedial action.

Damage Inspections depend on the damage in question and are tailored to meet your needs. Please note that damage caused in one place on a boat can often manifest itself over a number of locations around the craft, so we will discuss a suitable inspection.

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Survey Reports

Following on from my inspection, I produce a comprehensive report detailing my findings and any repairs and remedial work required. My reports are clear and easy to understand, but if you have further questions or require clarification on a particular item of the report, I will be happy to discuss this with you as part of my service.

When you have my survey report, you will have the confidence to proceed with your purchase or to negotiate terms with the seller, in which case I am able to advise you on possible courses of action.

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