The BoatBuy
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Our Boat Inspections are tailored to all types of trailer boats, providing a comprehensive mobile inspection before you purchase. All our reports are completed digitally onsite and provide assessment of the core components of the boat, engine and trailer.

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What does our report cover?

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Our reports are tailored to the specific make of vessel and its features, capturing critical information. We cater to most makes and model powerboats, although we do not inspect jet skis. Our reports are accepted by all major insurance companies.

Don’t buy the unknown. Get all the facts with a BoatBuy report.

boat

engines

Trailer

Electrics

How much does it cost?

From $575 Including 1 engine + sea trial
All prices include GST
Vessel size The BoatBuy Report Pre-Purchase Boat, Engine and Trailer Inspections
0-22ft or 0-6.7m $575 + $175 per additional engine inspected
23-30ft or 6.8m-9.1m $745 + $175 per additional engine inspected
31ft or 9.2m And Larger View our Marine Surveys page
Engine Only Inspections $499 for the first engine
Hull Only Inspections Contact us for a quote
Generators $175 for additional generator/s
Oil Samples $250 for the first, $100 each additional sample
Diagnostic Computer History $99 per engine (limited makes and models)

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    Recent Reviews

    Read what our previous customers are saying:

    • 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.

    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.

    We also offer other services including

    Pre-Purchase Marine Surveys

    Structural. Mechanical. Expert Advice.

    Insurance surveys

    Risk evaluations to obtain an insurance policy.