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There may be times when a boat owner or buyer does not need the surveyor to carry out a full survey, only a part of the boat. This is called a limited scope survey and although it may be less expensive than a more comprehensive one, it is very important for the client to understand the limitations of the inspection. This may not be adequate to support an application for insurance and additional survey work may be required at extra cost.

However, limited scope surveys have their uses, for example:

  • if the boat has been repaired, and the owner wants to check on the quality of the repair work. The hull might need to be checked over for a specific defects, such as deterioration through osmosis or post a grounding incident where damage is suspected;

follow up after a pre-purchase surveyor has identified a problem in a particular system or area - such as the engines or the electrics - may warrant a closer investigation by a specialist.

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