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Frequently Asked Questions

These questions have been compiled from the list of questions that we asked an a regular basis. It will be added to and we would be very grateful for any suggestions you may have.Please note the survey questions will be removed, we do not offer these services anymore (see About Us).

What areas do you cover?

Broadly speaking, our area includes the whole of Wales, North-west England, the North Midlands, the Isle of Man, Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland. We are within very easy reach of Conwy Marina (five minutes), Dickie's of Bangor (twenty minutes), and marinas and brokerages on Anglesey and the Llyn Peninsula. 
We are also happy to travel further afield, including Europe and the USA, when the occasion demands. If, for any reason, we are unable to assist you, we have associates in many areas who we can recommend.

Sound Testing

Since January this year, the RCD amendment came into force. Amongst it's requirements are sound testing for certain boats. Facilities to undertake these tests have been difficult to set up and have been costly. Boat Certification have now purchased revolutionary sound testing equipment to undertake these tests. Coupled with arrangements with British Notified Body, HPI, we can now offer economical sound testing to builders and importers. A page is under development to expain this requirement and to demonstrate the procedure. Contact us for further details.

What parts of the boat do you inspect on a survey?

Every reasonably accessible part of the boat is thoroughly inspected. There are no exceptions, unless for some reason physical access to certain areas is restricted. It should be understood that the survey has to be non-destructive, we cannot start dismantling the boat. We will undo linings and covers using tools as necessary. If the surveyor feels that further dismantling is necessary then all parties will be consulted and arrangements recommended. If you'd like to see a sample report,

Can I be present while the survey is carried out?

Whilst we would never deter you from being present, out of choice we would prefer to be on our own while carrying out the main part of the survey. This ensures that we're not distracted from the schedule of inspection and no important points are missed. Should you wish to attend then we would ask that you come along toward the end of the survey. Engine tests are usually carried out as the final part, this is often a good time to attend. We will, of course, inform you of our findings on completion, either on the phone or in person, and a full written report is sent to you as quickly as possible.

Are you linked or affiliated with any particular brokerage?

Scott Marine has no business relationship with any brokerage, although many brokerages list us as being able to provide pre-purchase surveys. This means that, in engaging us to carry out your pre-purchase survey, you can be assured that the report will be unbiased and factual. If we do recommend any particular supplier, it will be based on our experience of their quality of service, value for money and their timely execution of the work.

Are you linked or affiliated with any particular brokerage?

Scott Marine has no business relationship with any brokerage, although many brokerages list us as being able to provide pre-purchase surveys. This means that, in engaging us to carry out your pre-purchase survey, you can be assured that the report will be unbiased and factual. If we do recommend any particular supplier, it will be based on our experience of their quality of service, value for money and their timely execution of the work.

What are your qualifications?

Bob Scott holds a Class One Marine Engineer's licence entitling him to act in the position of Chief Engineer Officer of any ship. He is an Associate Member of the Institute of Marine Engineering, Science and Technology, registered with the Engineering Council as an Incorporated Engineer, and is an Associate Member of the Yacht Designers and Surveyors Association. Robert has been involved with small craft from a very young age, both in their construction and inspection.

Arfon Williams is an Associate of the International Institute of Marine Surveyors. He is also a Chief Marine Engineering Officer and registered as an Engineering Technician with the Engineering Council. Arfon's extensive experience of small craft is similar to Bob's.

For a survey, does the boat need to be ashore or in the water?

For most survey types the vessel should be ashore or its temporary removal from the water arranged. Note that fees for lifting are not included in our survey fees. We can arrange lifting and washing of vessels for survey on your behalf.

Should a GRP vessel have moisture readings taken immediately after removal from the water?

Osmosis and moisture are on the mind of most GRP vessel purchasers. Without getting too technical, most hulls will have a moisture content when first removed from the water. This can very quickly evaporate over a matter of minutes or sometimes up to three weeks (or longer). We are interested in retained moisture and hydroscopic chemicals within the laminate. If the readings are low when the vessel has just been lifted out, then we can all breath a sigh of relief. If moisture is detected, it can be difficult to determine whether this is temporary or retained due to an osmotic process. The vessel's gel coat will be very closely examined to determine whether any osmotic process damage has taken place, this can be determined under all circumstances. So, ideally we would check boats after a period ashore but this is often not possible. We will make our best judgement based on the readings we obtain and our physical inspection, and advise accordingly.

Do I need to notify the marina that you are coming?

The vessel owner should inform all interested parties of the details of survey times and dates. We will normally also inform the owner of any premises we attend, in advance, as well.

Is it illegal to buy or sell a boat with no CE marking?

If the vessel was placed into service in the EU after 16th June 1998, then generally, with some exceptions, this would be illegal and could incur a fine or prison sentence.

I'm building a boat for my own use. Do I need it CE marked?

Not if it is home built as defined in the Recreational Craft Directive (RCD). However, you then cannot sell it for five years from the date of it entering service.

I'm importing a boat from the USA for my own use. Does it need CE marking, if so, when?

It will need CE marking before you use it, not when just you sell it. See our Boat Certification section for more details.