Who Are We?

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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4 Yamaha Outboard on transom

articles | July 27, 2021

Wet Transom Truths – Everything You Need To Know

What happens to a fibreglass boat that has a wet or rotten transom, and why is it important to fix it? We run through how a transom becomes wet, pictures of major telltale signs and cost to repair the transom correctly. What is the transom? A transom is the structural...

articles | July 19, 2021

Buying A Boat In QLD

Is it your first time buying a boat in QLD? There are a number of things that are required before you get to head out on the water in your new boat. To help make it easier, we've outlined a step-by-step process of what needs to be done and what...

anti fouled hull

articles | June 21, 2021

Hard Vs Soft Antifouling

A common question we get asked is "How long will my antifoul last?" While there is no one size fits all, I will help you gauge a timeframe as I see many different boats across Sydney. The main factors you should consider are: What type of antifoul are you using,...

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Recent Reviews

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  • Mark Smith Avatar
    Mark Smith
    - Google

    Contacted the team at BoatBuy to arrange an interstate inspection for me. Don was very responsive, clearly articulated the expectations and costs and referred me to book on-line. Process was simple and inspection arranged. Report was very comprehensive with plenty of pics and provided same day of inspection. Followed up... read more

    Martin Thorn Avatar
    Martin Thorn
    - Google

    I have had the pleasure of dealing with this company as a buyer and a seller and found them to be highly reliable, professional, knowledgeable, informative and above all, honest. I particularly experienced when buying a boat, they were happy for me to attend the inspection and provide on the... read more

  • Dino Mazzei Avatar
    Dino Mazzei
    - Google

    Great experience dealing with Aaron at Boatbuys. A thorough report was provided. Aaron spent time answering questions and providing assistance. Great to deal with......

    Site Crew Avatar
    Site Crew
    - Google

    Great staff, great knowledge, great service. highly recommend the team at Boatbuy. definitely use their services again

  • Steven Goodhew Avatar
    Steven Goodhew
    - Google

    Aaron from boat buy and his team are the best people to us when looking to buy a boat they are though and very helpful nothing is to much trouble. The report lets you no any problems before you perches the boat i would highly recommend him and is... read more

    Stephen Nash Avatar
    Stephen Nash
    - Google

    My wife and I organised a Survey through BoatBuy, on a boat we wanted to purchase.... What an amazing experience and thorough service!We cannot thank Brendan enough for what he did. He did an absolutely professional job and worked SO hard. I could not believe he went out of his... read more

  • Glenn Watson Avatar
    Glenn Watson
    - Google

    Awesome service!! This is going to sound like a paid add but I couldn’t be happier!! Brendan and Aaron were awesome to deal with and an amazing insurance policy!!! Originally wasn’t going to get a check done as I was that confident ? but deciding to get it professionally... read more

    Andrew Miller Avatar
    Andrew Miller
    - Google

    I would highly recommend BoatBuy if you are looking for a pre purchase or insurance survey for your boat. Brendan from the Gold Coast branch came and looked at our boat for an insurance survey. He was very professional and thorough. A great organisation 10 out of 10

  • Tiernan O'Connor Avatar
    Tiernan O'Connor
    - Google

    Aaron and his team are awesome. He has helped me over many years making sure the boats I was interested in were right for the price. My latest purchase has been a dream boat. I would highly recommend them to anyone.

    Steven Shorten Avatar
    Steven Shorten
    - Google

    I had Brendan and Don come do a thorough Pre Purchase Inspection on my Haines Signature before I bought it.The boys were great and answered all my learner questions and gave me some great general info and tips as well as the report on the boat/motor/trailer.Highly recommended

  • Tyrone Stewart Avatar
    Tyrone Stewart
    - Google

    Found Aaron very contactable and seemed to know what to look for such as Transom issues. Price charged is double the price charged in Queensland, but when he is your eyes so far away important when spending a lot of money. Finally I think Sellers should... read more

    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

  • Wayne C Avatar
    Wayne C
    - Google

    Aaron and his team were very thorough and reliable and we learnt much more about the 33-foot boat we were buying with the help of his report which included in and out of water tests. We would definitely recommend Boat Buy for pre-purchase inspections.

    Lap Nguyen Avatar
    Lap Nguyen
    - Google

    Aaron and the team were very prompt and helpful. Their survey was clear and easy to understand. Would definitely not hesitate to recommend or use their services again.

  • Tristian Mooney Avatar
    Tristian Mooney
    - Google

    I’ve used plenty of marine surveyors in the past to do inspections on vessels for my clients, once I came across Aaron and his team from boat buy I’ve never used any other surveyor.He is great at what he does and never misses a thing. He has saved my clients... read more

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    Sydney Harbour Escapes Pty Ltd
    - Google

    I have been using BoatBuy for over 5 years, in the which I have purchased 5 boats for my fleet of charter boats from 30 to 105ft. Some of the best customer service I have experienced, with thorough and useful reports. All of the inspections conducted were Marine Survey and... 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.