Founded in 2015, we provide our customers with Pre-Purchase Inspections and Boat Lessons. Having completed hundreds of Pre-Purchase Inspections, we’re continually adapting and growing to our customer’s needs.
Formally qualified with a Diploma in Marine Surveying and over a decade of experience as a Marine Mechanic, Aaron O’Donoghue is our principle Marine Surveyor & Engineer. With experience ranging from trailer boats, all the way up to large 70ft plus sports cruisers – Aaron is well versed with powerboats and all things structural and mechanical.
Our point of difference is that because we come from a mechanical background, we can provide a structural and mechanical survey report, that can also be used for insurance, without hiring separate parties. Not only does this guarantee a thorough inspection, it also allows us to be more competively priced.
We’re a fully mobile service, and include travel within 80km of the Sydney CBD in our base price. We often travel outside of this range and even interstate, however additional travel fees apply. We do not complete mechanical repairs, ensuring our reports are 100% independent and free of any conflicts of interest.
Our aim is to help our customers with purchasing a vessel, and provide independent, accurate and friendly advice. We provide a 100% money back guarantee – if you are not happy and provide us with feedback as to why, we will provide a full refund of your inspection.
I started boating at age 12, because it was the first license I was legally allowed to have. Taking off for the day gave me a sense of freedom and adventure that I’d never had before. Little did I know it would progress into a life on the water.
At age 15 I left school and starting working at a local trailer boat shop in Ryde as an apprentice mechanic, and from there I moved to Sydney Harbour, to work on bigger boats. When I started working on the Harbour, I was recruited by a small mechanical workshop who hired me on the condition that I would work every second weekend at a popular boat club. The workshop had the contract to repair their boats during the week, and they needed a deckhand with boating experience to fuel up, prepare and liaise with customers on the weekends. As my knowledge and experience grew, so did my ambition. My job working weekends for the boat club paid off in dividends – as they had a fleet from 28-44ft boats so I’d mastered how to drive every kind of powerboat. I was already a qualified Marine Mechanic at age 19 – I knew I wanted to do more, but I couldn’t pinpoint what. It wasn’t until years later I met an acquaintance and he suggested I find him a boat. He then needed to learn how to drive it. This is when BoatBuy was born. I figured I would provide a follow up service to my inspections – boat lessons. I further researched my competition and found that there were surveyors and mechanics – operating as separate services, but it was rare to find someone dual qualified in both. I enrolled in a Diploma of Marine Surveying – and sure enough, I was then capable and qualified to do both.
My aim is to provide real value for customers. I have been so passionate about the water and boating from a young age – I want others to be able to enjoy it too. I was fortunate enough to have good teachers and guidance along the way – so my aim is to give that back. I will never forget being trusted at the helm of a 44ft sports cruiser at age 17 – and the overwhelming feelings that go with it. No matter what age – having a mentor by my side with a calm and cool demeanour whilst learning built my confidence up bit by bit, until I was capable on my own.
I’ve been working behind the scenes at BoatBuy from the beginning. I am very passionate about customer service, and have a drive to continually improve the customer experience for customers – new and returning.
I am a bit of a perfectionist, and have been told I have a great eye for detail. When I’m not sitting behind the computer brainstorming new strategies or planning new marketing content – you’ll find me on the marina uploading images on BoatBuy’s social media accounts.