How much does a narrowboat survey cost?

A narrowboat survey is a professional inspection of a narrowboat, typically carried out before purchasing one. It helps to identify any potential problems with the boat, such as structural damage, engine issues, or electrical problems. This information can be used to negotiate the purchase price or to decide whether to proceed with the purchase at all.

There are three main types of narrowboat surveys:

Full pre-purchase survey: This is the most comprehensive type of survey, and it includes an inspection of both the interior and exterior of the boat, as well as the engine, electrics, and gas systems. It will also usually involve taking the boat out of the water for a hull inspection.

Hull survey: This type of survey only focuses on the hull of the boat, and it is typically carried out when the boat is out of the water. It is a good option if you are concerned about the structural integrity of the boat.

Boat Safety Examination: This type of survey is required by law if you are planning to get a Boat Safety Certificate (BSC). It checks that the boat meets all the safety requirements for its size and type.

The cost of a narrowboat survey will vary depending on the type of survey, the size of the boat, and the location. However, you can expect to pay between £300 and £1000 for a full pre-purchase survey.

Here are some additional things to keep in mind when considering a narrowboat survey:

It is important to choose a qualified surveyor who is a member of a professional body such as the British Marine Federation (BMF).

  • You should get quotes from several different surveyors before making a decision.
  • Be sure to ask the surveyor about their experience and qualifications.
  • Make sure you understand what is included in the survey and what is not.
  • Ask the surveyor to explain any issues they find in a clear and concise way.


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