Thursday, 24 November 2016

Yacht Survey for Insurance in Greece




Today’s Yacht Survey in Samos Greece was on this Albin Vega 27 Sloop. The Vega was constructed of glass-fibre re-inforced polyester. Her joinery work is in hardwood and veneered ply. Glass-fibre frames and stringers also serve to stiffen the hull.

Per Brohall, the Swedish designer of the very successful Viggen, received a commission in 1964 from Lars Larsson, owner of Larrson Trade AB (in 1971 renamed Albin Marin AB), to design an enlarged version of the Viggen. This would hopefully increase the sale of Albin engines. This design was intended to replace the wooden prototype of the Vega that had been launched on 29 July 1965 which, after extensive and severe sea-trials went into production. The results were so favourable that the production forms for the reinforced fibreglass hull could be taken directly from the V-1 prototype hull. The original V-1 (made from mahogany) still sails in Sweden under the appropriate name of "Mahogany".

Sadly the Vega is no longer made but the moulds are still in one piece and located somewhere in Holland..... Who knows?

The hull is solid fiberglass, said by the builder to be 3/8-inch thick at the sheerline and 1-inch thick at the base of the keel, but the deck and cabintop are cored fiberglass for lightness. 



Surveyors comments: Lack of control in reverse gear. The unusual situation of the propeller, aft of the rudder, seems to create difficulties with steering the Vega when she's in reverse gear. She will need to be moving astern at a fairly rapid clip before the rudder takes effect.


Saturday, 15 October 2016

Pre-purchase Yacht Survey in Greece

Our Pre purchase survey report!


Tailored for the intended purchase of a vessel and designed to allow you to make an informed and balanced purchase decision. Our Pre Purchase Survey includes all the major elements a full condition survey covers, with the inclusion of additional comment upon the general maintenance requirements, serviceability and cosmetic appearance of the vessel and equipment and comment upon exceptional or outstandingly good or bad items and an independent valuation as a valuable second opinion for peace of mind.

Whilst such items may not affect the structural integrity of the vessel these may have an impact upon market desirability and/or valuation of the vessel and therefore represent important considerations for a prospective purchaser.

Our pre purchase survey report will give you a clear and realistic assessment of the vessel with detailed breakdown of recommendations and action points clearly graded as essential, recommended and advisory and will serve as a useful ongoing maintenance manual for your vessel.



WHAT IS COVERED BY A PRE PURCHASE SURVEY?

·         Identification of vessel.
·         External hull and hull structure.
·         Internal structure and stiffening.
·         Internal fit out and joinery.
·         Underwater sections.
·         Moisture reference readings.
·         Keel, ballast & keel fixings.
·         Rudder and steering system.
·         Stern gear & stern gland and sail drive.
·         Cathodic protection.
·         Skin fittings and sea valves.
·         Hull fittings.
·         Hull to deck joint.
·         Deck structure, coach roof and cockpits.
·         Deck fittings, handrails & stanchions.
·         Hatches doors and port lights.
·         Ground tackle.
·         Anchoring and mooring arrangements.
·         Exhaust system.
·         Fuel system installation.
·         Bilge and pumping systems.
·         Toilet system installation.
·         Fresh water system installation.
·         Gas system installation.
·         Ventilation.
·         Fire safety and equipment.
·         Electrical system installation.
·         Low voltage systems.
·         240 v systems.
·         Navigation systems.
·         Domestic systems.
·         Additional comment on cosmetics and below decks.
·         Safety equipment.
·         Maintenance advice and requirements.
·         Overall comment.
·         Market valuation.

·         Assistance throughout the purchase.

Check out our website at www.Yachtsurveysgreece.com

Wednesday, 5 October 2016

Yacht Survey and Sea trial in Lakki Leros Marina

We are back at are favourite location for Yacht Surveying in Leros Lakki Marina in Greece. 

The Beneteau First 53 F5 was the result of a great collaboration between Bruce Farrs design genius and the timeless styling of Pininfarina. This model is one of Beneteau’ss most successful and they have done incredibly well on both the race course and cruising.

Winters approaching and the stacking begins! 

This 1992 model still standing strong

Time for a wash!


Surveyors comments: Good solid build and great value at this age. Checks on original rigging components a must..... and how good is that Perkins Parana engine! 

Monday, 26 September 2016

Beneteau 53 Yacht Survey and Sea Trial

Im heading off to the Greek Island of Leros in my own boat to Survey this Beneteau 53 Yacht. A rare model having five cabins and the pedestal steering. Leros Marina offers up to 220 berths with mooring lines, water supply and electricity and free high speed internet access for every berth!



Friday, 16 September 2016

Tonnage Survey

The tonnage measurement survey is a fundamental part of the yacht registration process under Part I of the British Register of Ships or any other credible register of title.


The tonnage measurement survey results in the generation of a unique ‘Certificate of Tonnage and Measurement’ or ‘Tonnage Measurement Certificate’ for the yacht being registered.

The certificate is submitted to the owner’s registry of choice to provide the registry with independent professional verification of the existence of the vessel and confirmation of its physical and technical characteristics.
British Merchant Shipping Laws require all yachts registered under Part I of the British Register of Ships to have been surveyed by a recognised surveying authority or classification society prior to being registered.
The tonnage survey report provides the registry with the tonnage, dimensions and engine specifications that will appear in the register and on the yacht’s Certificate of British Registry.
The tonnage and dimensions of the yacht will determine the application of legislation such as safety and manning requirements, in addition to providing the basis for the calculation of fees or taxes affecting the vessel, such as mooring fees and harbour dues.
A tonnage survey is necessary even for a yacht which may be one of a class or from a production line, (where measurements may have already been taken for a nearly identical vessel).
This is because principal statistics can differ between production yachts and certain unique information will apply to a vessel, such as the Hull Identification Number (HIN), in addition to the engine identification numbers and specifications.
Above all, it should be remembered that the survey is required on a production yacht to evidence the vessel’s existence. 
Following the completion of the tonnage survey by us the survey report is sent to the respective survey authority who in turn issue the ‘Certificate of Tonnage and Measurement’ or ‘Tonnage Measurement Certificate’ to the owner’s registry of choice.
Tonnage Survey Pricing

At Yachtsurveysgreece.com our pricing is clear, transparent and fully inclusive.
Our fixed fee includes:
  • Tonnage Measurement Survey onboard vessel
  • Surveyor travel, subsistence and disbursements
  • Calculations and Issue of Tonnage Survey Report
  • Issue of Tonnage Certificate by survey or class society
  • Survey or class society fee

Our fee is based on vessel location, the complexity of the survey and how soon the survey is required.

Tuesday, 23 August 2016

UK Yacht Surveyor for Insurance

Im back in this popular marina in Preveza this week carrying out three Yacht Insurance Surveys. Cleopatra Marina is located on the Aktion Peninsula, in the heart of the Ionian Sea. Near the cities of Preveza and Lefkada, just 1,5 km from Aktion Airport, the marina is easily accessible, well-protected, an ideal starting point to explore the shores of the Ionian islands.




 Pre-purchase Yacht Surveyor working in Leros, Preveza, Lefkas, Rodes.

Insurance Survey Inspections also at www.yachtsurveysgreece.com

Monday, 15 August 2016

Thinking about buying a Yacht in Greece?

               Thinking about buying a Yacht in Greece?

We are able to travel to all the Greek Islands in the Cylades, Northern Aegian, Dodecanese, Ionian, Sporades and the Saronics. We specialise in Marine Surveys of Catamarans, Cruising Yachts, Sail boats, Motor Boats, Steel Yachts and all Wooden Craft. We provide a range of Marine Surveys including Pre-Purchase Surveys, Hull Surveys, Systems Surveys, Sea Trials, Insurance Yacht Surveys, Damage Surveys, Valuation Reports and Finance Surveys.

Sunday, 31 July 2016

Pre-purchase Yacht Survey in Leros

I was back in Leros Marina carrying out a Pre-Purchase Yacht Survey on this Catamaran yesterday. This 1980's highly regarded Prout Snowgoose 37 has earned a well-deserved reputation as an exceptional blue water passage maker. With nearly 100 reported circumnavigations completed, you would be hard pressed to find another line with this track record.

Lifting her out for the bottom inspection

The low draft greatly increases the skipper’s anchoring options when storms approach, and makes her ideal for exploring the shallow waters found in coves around the Greek Islands.


The Prout family began building cats in the 1950s, and their boats have been well known and respected in the United Kingdom and Europe for half a century.

The interior is well executed with abundant storage and counter space. The liberal use of teak creates a warm and elegant atmosphere not seen on many modern day cats.


Surveyors comments: The Snowgoose 37 is a solid, capable world cruiser with a proven track record. It may not be as flashy as newer-designed cruising cats, but when the ocean is in an unpleasant mood the last thing on your mind is flashiness!


Thinking about buying a boat and need help, email me at  info@yachtsurveysgreece.com

Saturday, 23 July 2016

Trawler Yacht Survey in Preveza

My last Survey in Missalongi, Preveza before heading back to Samos is this very popular American boat with traditional styling, a small mast behind the bridge, she has a straightforward aft cabin layout, the Mainship 40 was built on a solid glass hull with average beam 14' and fairly high freeboard. She has a old-fashion downeast profile, her performance and interior accommodation is similar to those of a modern motor yacht. The salon is particularly spacious, there's a convenient breakfast bar, which takes up little space. Both staterooms are arranged in the conventional manner. There is a tub/shower fitted in the aft head! Outside, the aft deck guest seating is provided aft of the helm. The Mainship 40 will cruise at a respectable 12 knots with 200-hp Perkins diesel engines.

The laminate of the hull bottom begins with a 20-mil gelcoat, followed by two layers of 1.5-ounce mat and a combined five layers of 24-ounce woven roving and mat. Fiberglass-encapsulated marine plywood stringers and bulkheads provide support. Her hull sides and exterior decks are cored with balsa. Fuel is carried in two aluminum tanks outboard of the engines.




Surveyors comments: If you have earned the right to slow down, the Mainship 400 Trawler would be an ideal choice for exploring the Greek islands. She is up for sale and the owner will look at sensible offer around 35,000 Euros. Cheap!! Drop me an email for more detail: info@yachtsurveysgreece.com 


Thursday, 21 July 2016

Bavaria 42 Yacht Survey and Valuation at Aktion Storage Yard in Preveza

Today's second inspection in Aktion Storage Yard in Preveza was this Pre-Purchase Survey and Valuation on this 2007 Bavaria 42 'C' Sailing Yacht. 

Over the years since they started, Bavarias low price policy has been a major influence on other production manufacturers who have not wished to loose market share. Similar 2007 models are going for as little as 60,000 Euros!

A few Bavarias of a certain model had major keel issues due to inadequate engineering structure at the hull/keel joint a couple of years ago. Bavaria recalled the boats involved and came up with an engineering fix. It was only one Bavaria Match series which lost it's keel. No similar issues with any of the Bavaria cruiser range of which multiple 000's have been produced.




Aktion Marina is another massive storage yard in this very popular cruising ground of Greece.
Bavaria comments: A BAVARIA boat combines boat building tradition, German engineering and the ability to manufacture yachts precisely to the millimetre with the use of modern industrial production facilities. From bow to stern, every BAVARIA is a perfect combination of the highest quality, the best materials and the most innovative state-of-the-art fittings and equipment available in yacht building today.

Surveyors comments: Bavaria is in boats what Ford was in automobiles! 

Check out my new website and book that Survey! Yachtsurveysgreece.com

I have been surveying boats since 1995. By 2016 I will have completed over 3500 surveys, which have included 100's of types of sail and power boats. Having spent 15 years running a successful business in the UK, we now also have a base in Greece, and are able to travel to all the Greek Islands in the Cylades, Northern Aegian, Dodecanese, Ionian, Sporades and the Saronics. We specialise in Catamarans, Cruising Yachts, Sail boats, Motor Boats, Steel Yachts, and of course.... all Wooden Craft.


Wednesday, 20 July 2016

Prout Catamaran Survey in Preveza

I had a good flight from Samos to Preveza via Athens. I set off at 730am and was here mid afternoon. I have three inspections to carry out over the next five days. This Prout built 39 foot Catamaran, an Escale model from 1993 being my first. 


A number of different layouts are available. This vessel has two heads, one in each hull, and three double-berths, each 15 feet away from the others, which provides privacy. The athwartships double-berths aft are excellent sea berths. One hull is for the owner and the other for crew and friends. A large galley with triple-sink unit and a nav-station with full-size Admiralty chart table, helps to keep both crew and skipper happy!


The shallow draft (3 feet 3 inches) allows you to cruise areas where most vessels cannot venture.



The Prout 39 is built for blue water cruising and passage-making. Although the price per foot is more than a monohull, the p catamaran design, introduced in 1991, is descended from a long pedigree of ocean cruising designs from Prout, such as the Quest 31 and 33, Event 34, Snowgoose 35 and 37, and the Ocean Ranger 45. 
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Saturday, 16 July 2016

Three Marine Surveys in the Ionian Islands

I think the late 'winter nights' on-board 'Christina' marketing the new website  www.yachtsurveysgreece.com has paid off, as some interesting jobs are coming in from all corners of the Greek Islands. Next Wednesday im flying off to Preveza and Messolonghi for five days to Survey a 2006 Bavaria 42, a Prout Catamaran and a 1985 Mainship Nantucket 40. An interesting group of boats. The Prout Cats are a well-known build. The Prout family began building cats in the 1950s, and their boats have been well known and respected in the United Kingdom and Europe for half a century.

The Snowgoose 37 is not, by any means, a lightweight. The displacement of more than 5,600 pounds is heavier than some modern monohulls of a similar length. The early hulls, which include molded stub keels, are solid fiberglass, while new models are solid below the waterline and cored from the waterline north. The bridgedeck is solid, and although this adds weight it also provides rigidity between the hulls that a single crossbar can't match. The deck on the older boats is balsa cored, while some newer boats have been cored with other materials.Over the next two weeks i have one older and one newer model to survey. The one in the picture is the Elite model with the cored hull. 






 

Thursday, 14 July 2016

All my Blogging paid off!

I am delighted to hear that my business has been nominated in the Most Effective Use of Social Media Award category for the forthcoming IIMS Silver Jubilee Awards for Excellence in Marine Surveying. All that blogging over the past 10 years paid off!

Www.yachtsurveysgreece.com.

We have been surveying boats since 1995. By 2015 we will have completed over 3500 surveys. Now also based in Greece, we are able to travel to all the Greek Islands to carry out marine surveys  in the Cylades, Northern Aegian, Dodecanese, Ionian, Sporades and the Saronics. We specialise in yacht surveys on Catamarans, Cruising Yachts, Sail boats, Motor Boats, Steel Yachts and all Wooden Craft.


Saturday, 9 July 2016

UK Yacht Surveyor for Damage Reports working in Greece

A Damage Survey is usually commissioned by a specific insurance company as part of a claim investigation. Its function is to establish the extent of the damage and to give an estimate of the cost of repair. In such circumstances, the Surveyor acts as the Underwriter's eyes and ears. The Surveyor works in liaison with the insured, the repair facility and all the relevant participants.













 

Saturday, 2 July 2016

British Yacht Surveyors in Athens Greece


We provide a range of Marine Surveys including Pre-Purchase Surveys, Hull Surveys, Systems Surveys, Sea Trials, Insurance Surveys, Damage Surveys, Valuation Reports and Finance Surveys. With many years of experience representing interests of both Purchaser and Vendor, we are fully aware of the problems which may arise in the process of purchasing a vessel.


We are full Members of the IIMS (International Institute of Marine Surveying) and we are proud and passionate about the services we provide. We will give you an honest opinion of the condition of the boat surveyed and we will carefully construct a choice of survey options to meet your needs.  We guarantee a 36 hour delivery of a personalised and comprehensive survey report in PDF (electronic) format with a bound quality hard copy to follow on request.

We have been surveying boats since 1995. By 2015 we will have completed over 3500 surveys, which have included 100's of types of sail and power boats. Having spent 15 years running a successful business in the UK, we now also have a base in Greece, and are able to travel to all the Greek Islands in the Cylades, Northern Aegian, Dodecanese, Ionian, Sporades and the Saronics. We specialise in Catamarans, Cruising Yachts, Sail boats, Motor Boats, Steel Yachts and all Wooden Craft.
                 THE NUMBERS SPEAK FOR THEMSELVES, WHY GO ANYWHERE ELSE?

www.yachtsurveysgreece.com