Pre-Purchase Marine Surveys Sydney

Are you about to purchase a used boat and looking for an independent pre-purchase survey report in the Sydney region? We can provide you with a detailed, accurate and informative report before you purchase a boat.

We are a highly experienced team of dual-certified Marine Surveyors and Engineers, and strive to provide you with the most comprehensive report possible. Throughout the inspection, we cover the hull, engines, electrical and complete a sea trial. You will receive your report in a timely manner, so you're not left waiting for the results of your survey. We're always available for advice before and after the purchase, so we can give you a professional, unbiased opinion and walk you through the results of your survey.

If you want to tick every box, our comprehensive inspections can also include oil sampling and computer diagnostic reports for most makes and models.

  • Sydney Wide Service

  • Fast & Efficient Reporting

  • Unlimited Follow Up Advice

  • Friendly Service

  • Detailed Easy To Read Reports

  • Sea Trial & Testing Under Load

  • Interstate Purchase Advice

  • High Quality Photo Gallery Of Vessel

  • Easy Online Booking

  • Accepted By All Major Insurers

  • Dual Certified Marine Surveyors & Engineers

What do we inspect?

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Our only criteria is that the vessel has at least one engine. We specialise in power boat surveys, and do not survey sailing yachts. Listed below is a brief overview of what we check on our pre-purchase condition reports. Each inspection is tailored specifically to the make, model and options fitted to the vessel to ensure we check everything we possibly can onboard. We can also provide additional services such as oil sampling and engine diagnostic read outs on most engines.

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Sea Trialing

How much do our surveys cost?

From $745 Including 1 engine + sea trial
All prices include GST
Vessel size Pre-Purchase Marine Survey and Mechanical Report
0-22ft or 0-6.7m View our Boat Inspections page
23-30ft or 6.8m-9.1m $745 + $175 per additional engine inspected
31-40ft or 9.2m-12.2m $920 + $175 per additional engine inspected
41-50ft or 12.3m-15.2m $1150 + $175 per additional engine inspected
51-60ft or 15.3m-18.3m $1379 + $175 per additional engine inspected
61ft or 18.4m and larger Contact us for a quote
Optional Extras
Generators $175 per additional generator
Oil Samples $250 for the first, $100 each additional sample
Diagnostic Computer History $99 per engine (Mercury & Volvo petrol engines only)


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We are proud of our work, and happy to provide a sample survey report upon request. Fill in the form, including details of the type of vessel you’re looking to purchase and we will send a comparable sample report.

Ask our Opinion

Looking at listings can be confusing, and we understand it may not make complete sense. Leverage our experience by sending us a couple of listings that you’re interested in, and we will provide you with independent purchasing advised based on the information provided in the listing.

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      Emilio Gazis
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      Aaron and Brendan were easy to deal with, very knowledgeable and extremely thorough. The report and subsequent assistance was a standout in how businesses should conduct themselves. Highly recommend them.

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      Adam Coach
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      These guys were fantastic we have used them every time we buy a boat and they saved us many times. Easy to deal with and explained everything to us above and beyond what we expected. Do not buy a boat without using them is my advice.

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      David Sullivan
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      Being involved in assisting people buy and sell boats over the years I have found Aaron and his team at BoatBuy to be both fair and thorough with their reporting. The team at BoatBuy are great at explaining to the buyer any issues that they find and work well with... read more

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      Rube Sayed
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      If you are looking to buy a boat and you need a pre-purchase boat inspection done by a boat surveyor I can’t recommend Aaron and his team at BoatBuy enough. Being a novice myself, they have helped me every step of the way ensuring I’m asking the right questions, ensuring... read more

    • theboatbrokerage Avatar
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      Aaron and Dom have assisted us with surveys in Sydney for some time now. I’ve always found their mechanical knowledge and advise excellent and surveys both professional and prompt allowing us to assist the buyer with real time information.With the changing times and closed borders their services have become even... read more

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      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

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      Martin Thorn
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      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

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      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

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      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

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      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

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      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

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      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.

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      Steven Shorten
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      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

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      Tyrone Stewart
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      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

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      Tyrone Stewart
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      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

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      Wayne C
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      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.

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      Lap Nguyen
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      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.

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      Tristian Mooney
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      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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      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

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

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      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

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

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      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

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      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.

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      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

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      Alan Chang
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      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

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      Jackie Laycock
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      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.

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      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!

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      Eddie Wong
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      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

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      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!

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      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.

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      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!

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      Archie Middleton
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      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

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      Brendan Philp
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      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.

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      David Gillard
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      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

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      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.

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      Mitch Evans
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      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

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

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      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

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

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      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!

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      Constance Attard
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      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

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      Allan Morgan
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      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

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      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

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      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

    Why trust us?

    Founded in 2015, we are a marine surveying company operating in NSW and QLD. With over 40 years of collective experience in the Marine Industry, we are a team of dual certified Marine Surveyors and Engineers providing independent survey reports.

    We do not sell boats, meaning we can provide unbiased professional advice for our clients. We get the opportunity to review hundreds of boats per year, meaning we’re up to date with all the latest issues and relevant problems arising on boats.

    We strive to provide the best reports and highest level of customer service in the industry.

    We also offer other services including

    Boat Inspections

    Complete reports including hull, mechanical and trailer condition.

    Insurance surveys

    Risk evaluations to obtain an insurance policy.