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BoatBuy is the industry leader when it comes to Pre-Purchase Marine Surveys and Mechanical Inspections. Coming from an engineering background, our inspections are in a category of their own.

We provide the most comprehensive report covering mechanical, structural and electrical components of the vessel. Specialising in inspections only, we get the opportunity to assess hundreds of boats each year, ensuring that you are working with the most experienced and professional team in Australia.

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Propellors out of water

articles | May 5, 2021

The 3 Most Common Shaft Seals Explained

Stern gland, stern seal, gland package, gland seal, shaft seal, stuffing box, log seal, PSS, tides... you may have heard all of these terms and wonder what do they all mean? In this article we will go over the most common styles of shaft seals, the pros and cons to...

Gearbox oil samples

articles | April 24, 2021

Boat Oil Samples For Pre-Purchase – Are They Really Useful?

After years of taking oil samples for pre-purchase inspections, I’ve noticed there is a lot of confusion in the industry on what can be expected from doing a pre-purchase oil sample. The common misconception is that an oil sample is going to tell you exactly how worn the engine is,...

Isle Of Capri Boat Ramp Landscape

articles | April 12, 2021

The Best & Worst Boat Ramps On The Gold Coast

In this article we've been out and visited all 32 boat ramps on the Gold Coast, starting on the northern end and working out way down to the furtherest south. We've rated them with a score of 1 to 10, so you can drive straight to the best ramp and...

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  • Tyrone Stewart Avatar
    Tyrone Stewart
    - Google

    I found Aaron to be contactable and easy to talk with,although Sydney's prices of inspection is double than Queensland it was money well spent when Sellers think their boat is in good condition. Aaron was my eyes as I live in Brisbane and when you are spending $40k... read more

    Chris Turner Avatar
    Chris Turner
    - Google

    Very professional and easy to work with. I wouldn’t hesitate to use their services again.

  • Yvette Collins Avatar
    Yvette Collins
    - Google

    This is the second time we have used Aaron from BoatBuy and the second time he's saved us.He is the most honest, transparent and knowledgeable expert in his field that we have ever worked with, period.Aaron literally lost money today as he provided us with very clear 'do not purchase'... read more

    Sergei Kasian Avatar
    Sergei Kasian
    - Google

    Don has done great job, spotted few issues, which were unnoticed before. Highly recommend

  • Shaun Loaring Avatar
    Shaun Loaring
    - Google

    I used boat buy to survey and inspect a boat I was looking at purchasing in Sydney. I am an out of state buyer and was unable to be there In person. Don did a great job and was very helpful and informative through both the online report and phone... read more

    Josh Pillars Avatar
    Josh Pillars
    - Google

    Aaron did a survey on a 33 Riviera for me today. He took a lot of time and was very thorough and provided a comprehensive report. I highly recommend his services.

  • Angela Taranto Avatar
    Angela Taranto
    - Google

    If you are looking at purchasing a boat - Aaron should be top of your list to contact. From the very first conversation we had with Aaron - he was super friendly, professional and totally honest. He helped us so much in our quest to find the perfect... read more

    Michael Price Avatar
    Michael Price
    - Google

    Invaluable service. The report contains great detail and ensures you are getting what you expect when buying a boat. Every prospective purchaser should invest in a report before purchasing.

  • Gus Allouche Avatar
    Gus Allouche
    - Google

    When our neighbours were selling their boat to downsize, they told us Aaron from BoatBuy surveyed their boat for the purchasers and said he was incredibly thorough. So when we found the boat we liked, we contacted Aaron and true to form he went over the boat & identified things... read more

    Julian C Avatar
    Julian C
    - Google

    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 Avatar
    Alan Chang
    - Google

    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

    Jackie Laycock Avatar
    Jackie Laycock
    - Google

    Don from Boatbuy was very thorough, patient and great to deal with. Aaron was very helpful in setting up the survey with the marina. Although we didn't proceed with the sale, we were very comfortable with the level of detail provided.

  • Hesham Badr Avatar
    Hesham Badr
    - Google

    Aaron is a very thorough, experienced marine guy. Could not stress more on how much I recommend anyone to get Aaron to have a look at any boat before you buy!

    Manny Perez Avatar
    Manny Perez
    - Google

    I would recommend BoatBuy to anyone without a doubt! Very professional and reliable. The best customer serviceThanks for answering all my questions

  • Executive Property Services Avatar
    Executive Property Services
    - Google

    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

    Treve Bird Avatar
    Treve Bird
    - Google

    BoatBuy did a very professional, detailed job. They know their boats and know what to look for. Good on-time service with excellent multi-page report.

  • Eddie Wong Avatar
    Eddie Wong
    - Google

    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

    Agius Kids Fam Cam Avatar
    Agius Kids Fam Cam
    - Google

    Aaron and Don both went above and beyond helping me surprise my husband with a boat on his 40th! Easy to deal with and always on call. Thank you so much for all your help couldn’t have surprised him without you!

  • andrew white Avatar
    andrew white
    - Google

    Boatbuy produced a honest and detailed pre purchase report for the boat I was looking at purchasing. Aaron personally called and ran you through the report. He explained things thoroughly and gave you confidence in the report. I will use their services again.

    Paul Ciantar Avatar
    Paul Ciantar
    - Google

    Aaron from boat by is a professional at what he does. A reliable detailed service telling you what you need to know at the right time.Thanks Aaron.

  • Tim Beck Avatar
    Tim Beck
    - Google

    Prompt service, more photos than expected and great to deal with.

    Archie Middleton Avatar
    Archie Middleton
    - Google

    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

  • Brendan Philp Avatar
    Brendan Philp
    - Google

    We used Aaron for an interstate inspection. Extremely professional and helpful. Unfortunately it didn't end up being the boat for us but Aaron's thorough and expert advice was essential in making the decision.

    David Gillard Avatar
    David Gillard
    - Google

    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

  • tristan cocks Avatar
    tristan cocks
    - Google

    Absolutely brilliant. Stopped the inspection after finding issues and refunded the cost of incomplete inspection. Very honest and reliable. Saved me what would of been a fortune. Couldnt recommend him more.

    Mitch Evans Avatar
    Mitch Evans
    - Google

    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

  • adel hindi Avatar
    adel hindi
    - Google

    Wonderful great service friendly helpful

    cameron Yates Avatar
    cameron Yates
    - Google

    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

  • Jennifer Lawrence Avatar
    Jennifer Lawrence
    - Google

    Prompt service, extremely helpful and spent time going over details regarding my boat. Very pleasant to deal with would highly recommend.

    Antony Collins Avatar
    Antony Collins
    - Google

    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

  • Moritz Kurys-Romer Avatar
    Moritz Kurys-Romer
    - Google

    Aaron performed a pre purchase inspection at short notice. The inspection was thorough and accurate. Much appreciated.

    Ken Armstrong Avatar
    Ken Armstrong
    - Google

    Excellent service from Aaron with friendly and highly competent advice. I would recommend BoatBuy to anyone considering a purchase.

  • Colin Gilbert Avatar
    Colin Gilbert
    - Google

    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 Avatar
    Tasha Dal Bianco
    - Google

    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.

  • phil Anderson Avatar
    phil Anderson
    - Google

    Boatbuy's service offering both survey and mechanical inspections makes organizing inspections very easy. Aaron's attention to detail, communication skills, advice and assistance during and after the inspection are commendable. Excellent service! Excellent value!

    Constance Attard Avatar
    Constance Attard
    - Google

    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 more

  • Allan Morgan Avatar
    Allan Morgan
    - Google

    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 Avatar
    Martin Weallans
    - Google

    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 more

  • jan mcbryde Avatar
    jan mcbryde
    - Google

    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

    Robert Avatar
    Robert
    - Google

    Great service and very comprehensive report. Aaron was very professional in his dealings with me.

  • Merv Baird Avatar
    Merv Baird
    - Google

    Very easy to deal with and had everything addressed in the report Aaron carried out

    Marcella Merck Avatar
    Marcella Merck
    - Google

    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 more

  • Owen Donald Avatar
    Owen Donald
    - Google

    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

    sasa sestic Avatar
    sasa sestic
    - Google

    top service, prompt professional and very detailed .

  • James Moss Avatar
    James Moss
    - Google

    Aaron and the team were very thorough, professional and knowledgeable. I highly recommend their services before making any purchase.

    Andrew Nugent Avatar
    Andrew Nugent
    - Google

    A really thorough and balanced approach. Excellent work, and really got on with it. Very easy to engage with and open and honest responses to questions. Would highly recommend.

  • Peter Werner Avatar
    Peter Werner
    - Google

    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

    Mark Lawrence Avatar
    Mark Lawrence
    - Google

    Hi I am from Melbourne and looking to buy my first boat which is located in Sydney. Having Aaron assist me navigate through the boat check process has been invaluable. Many thanks Aaron!

  • Ivan Bojanovic Avatar
    Ivan Bojanovic
    - Google

    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

    Daniel Tolomeo Avatar
    Daniel Tolomeo
    - Google

    Wow so happy to have picked the best boat survey guy to inspect the sea ray 300 I was looking to purchase gave me piece of mind with his thorough inspection. Would highly recommend Aaron to all potential boat buyers absolutely no his stuff . Thx Aaron

  • Tony K Avatar
    Tony K
    - Google

    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

    Peter Hawkins Avatar
    Peter Hawkins
    - Google

    We used Aaron to purchase our Boat, the service was fantastic and Aaron was always happy to help, answer questions and made the whole process very simple. Could not recommend him highly enough

  • Alex Gambotto Avatar
    Alex Gambotto
    - Google

    If i could give Aaron 6 stars i would. He is a true gentleman and very knowledgeable about his craft. (excuse the pun) I would recommend him to anyone, but especially people who are maybe nervous about their knowledge on boats. Huge respect!

    Abby Clarke Avatar
    Abby Clarke
    - Google

    Aaron was knowledgeable, highly responsive and easy to deal with. Would without hesitation recommend his services.

  • Ray Smith Avatar
    Ray Smith
    - Google

    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 Avatar
    Julian Bechini
    - Google

    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 more

  • Garry Marsh Avatar
    Garry Marsh
    - Google

    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 Avatar
    Nick Boucher
    - Google

    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

  • Blackpumkin 666 Avatar
    Blackpumkin 666
    - Google

    Pre-purchase inspection of a Boat, Absolutely amazing service and communication, highly recommended.

    Ed Ho Avatar
    Ed Ho
    - Google

    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 more