Accepted by all major Insurers, we provide a prompt and efficient service so you can obtain a policy from your underwriter. All our reports are completed digitally, and delivered the same day.Read More
What is an Insurance Survey?
A boat insurance survey, also referred to as a Risk Evaluation report is provided to an insurance company upon their request when renewing or starting a policy. The report is required so the underwriter can assess the risk of insuring the boat. Each insurer has different requirements, but typically they are required for boats 10 + years old operated in-shore, and 5 + years old operated off shore.
Depending on the insurer’s requirements, they can request either an in-water or out of water survey, where, if the boat is not on a trailer, it must be slipped to gain access. Common points of failure are inspected and recommendations can be made to bring the boat up to a seaworthy standard.
- Bilge Pumps
- Automatic Floats
- Gas Detectors
- Sea Cocks
- Skin Fittings
- Connections and Lines
- AND MORE
Hull And Structure
- Structural Condition
- AND MORE
- Exhaust Systems
- Fuel Lines and Tanks
- Gas Systems
- Safety Equipment
- AND MORE
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Read what our previous customers are saying:
- Julian C
Some of the best customer service I have experienced. Very prompt, responsive and keen to help in any way they can. Aaron and Don are extremely knowledgeable and provided a very comprehensive report. They are also just all round great guys. Wouldn't hesitate to recommend them to anyone.Alan Chang
I engaged boatbuy after reading about them on the web. Spoke to Aaron a few times about my concerns. I found Aaron to be friendly, matter of fact and systematic. The survey uncovered quite a few problems so I never went ahead with the purchase. The inspection had certainly given... read more
- Executive Property Services
It was a very good professional service being a purchaser from another state with COVID restrictions in place Aaron and Don still made it a very easy journey. From day one before even engaging boatbuy to inspect a boat I was already watching all their videos in YouTube of what... read more
- Eddie Wong
Luckily I found BoatBuy helping me doing the survey for my first boat. As a first boat buyer I know nothing about boat. The survey report provided by them is absolutely comprehensive and professional.They found the critical issue on Transom Assembly which will cost me $100k to repair.I'll definitely ask... read more
- Archie Middleton
Aaron helped me through the process of purchasing a second hand boat in sydney whilst living in Brisbane. The idea of buying a boat sight unseen freaks me out but he was so honest with his inspection and walked me through any of boats issues In a way I could... read more
- David Gillard
As a Mechanical Engineer I was initially hesitant to engage a third party to do a pre-purchase inspection. Aaron provided excellent service, was highly professional and proved to be very knowledgeable. His expert investigation identified key areas of risk which allowed informed negotiation on price to take place. I... read more
- Mitch Evans
Aaron from Boat Buy has been nothing but exceptional from my first phone call enquiry, to his simple online booking form, through to his extremely thorough boat survey. He also provided detailed post survey information that assisted me making an informed decision on my purchase. I would be the first... read more
- cameron Yates
I can highly recommend BoatBuy. Recently I had Aaron carry out a pre purchase inspection of a boat I was buying in Sydney. With the borders being closed across Australia due to Covid-19 I was unable to fly across and check out things myself so I was really relying on... read more
- Antony Collins
Got to say, Aaron from Boat Buy is fantastic.He showed so much patience dealing with my brother and I on an inspection for a particular boat.We are both novices when it comes to boating but Aaron guided us through the process, explained things so we could understand easily and also... read more
- Colin Gilbert
Aaron was recommended to us as the guy you need when purchasing a boat. He made the process easy and gave us the confidence we needed to proceed with the purchase. Being almost 3000klms away from the boat, it was important to us to receive such a detailed report with... read more
- Tasha Dal Bianco
I have always had a positive experience dealing with Aaron and his team. Extremely professional, knowledgeable and well connected. The attention to detail and customer service far exceeded my expectations and left me overall extremely satisfied with doing business with BoatBuy.
- Constance Attard
Worth every cent. The inspection was extremely thorough, and the report was easy to read and evaluate. I fell in love with a boat, and Aaron's inspection covered all the defects, including a ranking into high, medium and low risk. Seeing the information in black and white, brought me back... read moreAllan Morgan
I found Aaron an absolute gentleman, he couldn't do enough for me. The purchase was successful and Aaron's report (very professional content) allowed me to purchase the boat a lot cheaper although I need to throw a couple of bob on it I was really a good buy. Thanks Aaron... read more
- Martin Weallans
I have used BoatBuy twice to undertake surveys on boats that I was looking to buy and the survey reports they provided on the boats gave me a very clear understanding of both the good aspects of the boat as well as the areas that I would need to address.They... read morejan mcbryde
We recently used Aaron to inspect a cruiser we were going to purchase - all good visually and low hours on motors. It was not our first boat purchase either but we were coming from a trailer boat background. His very detailed structural/ electrical/ mechanical survey picked up major problems... read more
- Marcella Merck
I engaged Boatbuy before making a final offer on the boat we did end up buying and Boatbuy has been the best dollars spent so far. They offer both structural and mechanical/electrical survey in one, which is not common. They provided a thorough, honest yet unbiased assessment of the vessel... read moreOwen Donald
Excellent pre-purchase survey - thorough and comprehensive, including all the usual visual inspections in and out of the water but also engine and gearbox functions, electrical components and electronics. Oil testing covered for reasonable cost - so important for assessing engine and gearbox condition. Undertaking a thorough survey is... read more
- Peter Werner
We had an extremely useful three hours with Aaron on our new boat. It has been 20 years since owning our last boat, and first time with a powerful outboard. Aaron was great at explaining everything, patient and good at pushing us when we needed it. He should be... read more
- Ivan Bojanovic
BoayBuy is #1 hands down when it comes to boat surveys and services that they provide.Aaron is highly knowledgeable, professional and someone I would highly recommended. Would not buy a boat any other way. 10/10 - well worth the investment. I will definitely be using BoatBuy services in the future... read more
- Tony K
I engaged Aaron to assess a purchase for me. I had very little experience, so his advice was critical to me. Aaron was recommended by someone highly regarded, and I can confirm that his approach was very professional and gave me comfort with his conclusion. ... read more
- Ray Smith
I was interested in buying a 23ft Whittley out of Sydney i was watching it on boat sales for over six months. As i live on the Gold Coast QLD and working in Broken Hill NSW i did not have the time to go to Sydney to even look... read more
- Julian Bechini
Engaged Aaron for a pre-purchase inspection. He undertook a thorough survey and took the time to explain to me and the nearby mechanic the issues that needed attention. Great guy and a pleasure to deal with. I highly recommend Aaron and Boatbuy to others wanting to buy a boat with... read moreGarry Marsh
I used Aaron to assess a boat I was planning to purchase. Friends who had been around boats did the initial assessment but thankfully I decided to use Boatbuy. Aaron found some engine issues that others couldn't as well as some other problems previously undetected. He explained all the... read more
- Nick Boucher
Boatbuy is thorough and professional.The report on the boat i wanted to buy was very clear and understandable. Aaron produced the report the same day, and followed it up with several txt messages and a phone call to clearly explain every detail of the report.There was a couple of small... read more
- Ed Ho
I was looking several months for a decent boat and thought going up in budget would solve but got continually dissapointed. So i started looking for help and glad i found Aaron of Boatbuy. I was impressed with the helpfull nature of the boatbuy website, and this helpfull nature is... read moreThe Agent
Aaron is an excellent marine technician and surveyor, He was on time and thorough in his inspection of a used Riviera that I was purchasing. The cost of using him was insignificant compared to the work required to ensure the vessel was seaworthy. I highly recommend Boat Buy and look... read more
- Richard Plicha
GREAT SERVICE! We decided it prudent to have a pre-purchase survey of an 18’6” fibreglass boat, even though buying from a Dealer. I was very pleased with Aaron’s responsiveness & professionalism to this task.I gained some valuable knowledge, in attending for the survey (at Aaron’s encouragement), which included... read more
- Lucas Neal
Highly recommend using Aaron from Boat BuyFound a few issues with second boat I was looking at which ultimately would of ended up in me damaging the near new engine.So for me, purchasing the inspection saved me a fortune in issues, tine off the water and a danger for anyone... read more
- Steve Nightingall 4WD Recon Australia
This was not my first boat but it was the first time I was wise enough to get a professional servey done as one of the conditions of sale.Boy was is worth it! The service was very quick ( two days) and included absolutely every last detail.The end result... read more
Why trust us?
BoatBuy are the leaders in Surveying, specialising in Pre-Purchase Survey and Mechanical Inspections. We are completely independent and do not sell boats, meaning we can provide unbiased advise to assist you with your purchase.
With over 14 years experience in the Marine Industry, we have developed a number of systems and processes to report accurately every time, with a passion for perfection. perfection.