In our previous articles we have helped you figure out how to choose the best narrowboat length, tips on choosing a narrowboat stylea brief guide to hull constructionheating and water systems on narrowboats and electrics on narrowboats In this 7th in the series of buyer’s tips for people looking for a narrowboat for sale in the UK, we discuss narrowboat surveys and surveyors.

#7 Tips on Narrowboat Surveys and Surveyors When Buying A New Boat

Just as with any major purchase like a house or a car, buying a narrowboat is an important purchase and so it is recommended that you get an independent qualified marine surveyor to inspect your potential vessel before committing to the purchase.

There are three types of survey that can be performed on a narrowboat – a full survey, a hull survey and an internal survey. A hull survey will only inspect the hull looking for the quality of the hull build and the steel thickness and for a list of items such as hull collision damage and plate thickness in vulnerable areas. A full survey will also inspect a list of items such as the engine, gas, electric and water systems, ventilation, windows and hatches. An internal survey will only concern the boat safety items.  For full surveys and hull surveys the boat will need to be hauled out of the water for inspection.

The cost of narrowboat surveys varies according to different surveyors and the type of survey you are looking for, and only qualified marine surveyors can carry out a survey on a narrowboat. On average the cost is between £500-900 for the surveyor and £150 for the haul out.  It is also worth bearing in mind that surveyors will sometimes charge travel costs on top of the survey, so please do check this out when speaking to potential surveyors.

For an official list of surveyors please contact British Waterways on 01923 226 422 or we can provide a list of local surveyors.

Trinity Marinas is a premier inland narrowboat sales & brokerage and canal boat marina located in the Heart of England on the beautiful Ashby Canal in Hinckley, Leicestershire within easy reach from the the main M1 motorway, and just off the A5 (Watling Street).

If you are thinking about owning a narrowboat or are interested in canal boat life, then visit us at the marina and find out more about choosing the right narrowboat to suit your needs, or give us a call on 01455 896 820.