These are usually the most comprehensive type of surveys and are strongly advised to clients when purchasing a new or, more especially, a used vessel.  The prospective owner requires the surveyor to thoroughly inspect the vessel, her machinery, rig, service systems and equipment, to find, as far as practical, her condition, quality and any faults.  These surveys should include a full out of water inspection, to assess the  integrity and water tightness of the hull, rudder and 
stern gear.  This will also include the condition of the cathodic protection, and an examination of  the machinery (non-invasive), propulsion, fuel, electrical, gas, sewage, water and other service systems.  A sea trial may be conducted, where practical.  



This type of inspection is often carried out at the same time as a Pre-Purchase survey and is used to determine the fair market value of the vessel which is normally required for insurance, mortgage or other financing.  When a valuation is carried out separately,  it will be clearly stated in the surveyor’s report that  this type of survey does not constitute a Pre-Purchase survey and it should not be regarded as such.



Damage surveys are usually required by an insurance company to assess the extent of damage to a vessel resulting from an accident / incident.  The surveyor will carry out a thorough examination and report on the resulting condition of the vessel, the probable cause of the damage, and recommended repairs. This will require liaising with the client, boat yards or repairers, and transportation specialists. It should be noted that insurance companies expect immediate reporting of accidents / incidents, and speedy damage assessment and reporting by a surveyor.  Best effort should also be made to minimise further damage or deterioration of the vessel following the accident / incident.



Pre-Purchase / Condition surveys for fishing vessels are thorough and
comprehensive examinations of the vessel, her machinery, rig, service systems and equipment, to find her condition, quality,  and any faults.   These surveys require a full out of water inspection to assess the integrity  of the hull, rudder and stern gear.  This will also include the condition of the cathodic protection, and an examination of the machinery and deck equipment (non-invasive), gallows, poles and rigging, propulsion, fuel, electrical, gas, sewage, water and other service systems.  General condition of the fishing gear may also be included where required.  A sea trial may be conducted, where practical, if requested.   A Valuation may be carried out at the same time as a Pre-Purchase survey and is used to determine the fair market value of the vessel which is normally required for insurance, mortgage or other financing. 

Commercial Fishing Vessel Registration and Inspection examinations are carried out as an Authorised Vessel Inspector on behalf of the MCA, reporting directly to the MCA.



Small commercially operated vessels, up to 24 metres load line length,  work boats and vessels carrying no more than 12 passengers, are legally required to comply with the relevant MCA Codes of Practice for the Safety of Small Commercial Sailing and Motor vessels using MGN 280 or the Colour Codes.   Pegasus Marine Surveys is authorised by the IIMS Certifying Authority to undertake  these examinations, including Complex Work Boats, on behalf of the MCA .   



The International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) is a leading trade association representing the vast majority of contractors and the associated supply chain in the offshore marine construction industry worldwide.  The IMCA eCMID system provides standard formats for the inspection and auditing of offshore vessels.  Its use helps promote safety and efficiency and can help reduce the number of repeat inspections on individual vessels by providing a consistent, transferable format which meets vessel operator and client requirements alike.   Donald Ortchison is an IMCA eCMID AVI accredited for General Vessels and MISW.

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Pegasus Marine Surveys has extensive experience and knowledge in the mechanical, marine and surveying industries, not only with sailing and motor vessels but also with fish farms, mussel farms and mooring installations.  Troubleshooting, investigations and design consultancy services can be offered – contact us to discuss your requirements and solve your problems.



Pegasus Marine Surveys can provide Oil Analysis Services, available for engine and gearbox oils which give an indication of the suitability of the lubricants for continued use of the machinery, and provide important information about the condition of the components within the machines. Early detection of emerging mechanical problems using chemical and physical examinations of the lubricant by oil analysis can be an effective diagnostic tool, which can allow remedial maintenance to be planned and carried out before a serious and costly failure occurs.  



Pegasus Marine Surveys is a Tonnage Measurer appointed by the International Institute of Marine Surveying and is authorised to carry out measurements on vessels under 24 metres in length overall on behalf of the MCA for Registration on Part 1 of the British Registry.  



Pegasus Marine Surveys carries out boat deliveries around the UK,  Europe  and Scandinavia with an experienced and dedicated professional skipper and crew.



Pegasus Marine Surveys can provide the services, advice and support of a Ship’s Superintendent experienced in ship repair, modifications, trouble shooting,  and Lloyd’s Register Classification compliance.