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On the surface, boats and PWCs appear to be simple machines with a hull, engine and trailer. In actual fact, boats and PWCs are extremely complex machines with electrical wiring and electronic equipment, complex engines, hulls that are susceptible to damage and leaking and trailers that suffer wear and tear, not to mention, rust.
Just as you wouldn’t buy a second-hand car without a roadworthy, it is not smart to buy a boat or PWC without having a SeaWorthy Inspection first.
Having a SeaWorthy Inspection conducted by an experienced marine professional can prevent problems occurring when you hit the water that can compromise your safety, enjoyment and of course, your budget!
A simple inspection can save you thousands in the long run, and can protect you by identifying any potentially dangerous problems with the boat you wish to purchase or already own. It is important to not only inspect the boat before purchase, but also conduct a Pre-Season check to ensure ongoing reliability, safety and avoid the stress of a breakdown on the water or at the ramp which can leave you stranded.
An inspection can also provide the necessary details for insurance purposes with marine insurers.
Selling your boat with a SeaWorthy Inspection Report can put the buyer’s mind at ease and ensure you receive top dollar for your boat. Buyers can make an informed and confident decision in purchasing a boat as they will be provided with all the facts from the inspection. This can have the effect of speeding up the sales process as everything is documented and clear in our report.
The price of a Seaworthy Inspection will vary depending on the size of the boat and type of engine.
Prices starts from – $329.00 – $719.00
Prices starts from – $429.00 – $869.00
Prices starts from – $729.00 – $1,029.00
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Yes! Inspections can be conducted at the owner’s home, workplace, storage facility or even a dealership, providing the owner of the boat has given consent. We offer a stress free process for both the buyer and seller that is both convenient and informative.
Seaworthy Inspections operates in Melbourne, VIC | Sydney, NSW | Gold Coast, QLD. The price may vary depending on travel distance.
An inspection takes around one and a half hours to two hours to complete, and up to 3 hours on larger scale vessels or vessels with additional engines.
You will receive your report within 24 hours by email. Our inspector is happy to run through the report with you to discuss the findings if required.
If works are required we can request a quote for you on all required repairs. Quotes can usually be provided within 48 hours from request depending on complexity of the repair or service required.
Batteries can be provided onsite at the time of the inspection or at a later date.
We inspect all trailer boats, PWCs and marina boats. We required the boat to be presented on a trailer, cradle or hard stand with clear access all around and water tap available nearby.
No, you do not need to attend the inspection, however you are welcome to. But we do ask you to reserve your questions to the inspector until the end of inspection.
As we don’t perform on water inspections, we are not able to check the boat’s balance and buoyancy. All other areas of boat functionality can be inspected out of water.
Risers and Manifolds on Inboard Engines:
Engine inspections are non-intrusive inspections. This means the inspection of the internals of the risers and manifolds with inboard engines are not possible without engine disassembly. Risers are an area known for degrading on these engine types. We encourage buyers of inboard engines to have a service including this inspection soon after the purchase of the boat unless the seller has proven it was inspected recently.
We do not include compression testing on diesel engines due to system disruption of removing diesel injector systems.
Our seaworthy team will schedule your inspection at the next available availability. Our inspectors can be ready to inspect the boat as fast as 24 hours from the booking time. Booking times are made pending vessel access and availability.
We understand that time is of the essence when buying a boat, so we endeavor to schedule your booking as soon as possible.
SeaWorthy Inspectors are all qualified and experienced marine technicians with proven experience in the marine industry. Our Inspectors undergo extensive training and regular technical updates to remain at the cutting edge of technology.
SeaWorthy Inspections does offer boat trailer inspections as an add-on option to our full boat inspection. This includes trailers with mechanical, hydraulic and electrically activated braking systems, coupling condition and ball weight assessment.
Trailer inspections are an additional cost to our standard inspection price and are only available with an inspection.
- Single Axle Trailer – $55
- Dual Axle Trailer – $85
- Triple Axle Trailer – $130
No, we do not perform sea trials. We address the engineering conditions as the boat is presented out of the water.
We implore buyers to request a sea trial with the seller of the boat to gain comfort and understand the boat’s features. This includes its weight and balance on the water ie: side to side and front to back stability both stationary and underway.
A hand over from the seller is also recommended to fully understand the boat’s features and operation. It is also important to test the engine’s performance to determine if it achieves an acceptable operating speed and maximum RPM at wide open throttle (WOT) as per the manufacturers’ recommendations for the engine.
Yes. The boat or PWC must be accessible with a clear 1 metre around the boat and with a water tap nearby to enable us to run the engine. If the boat is stored behind gates and locked areas, access will be required upon arrival of our inspector. Pets also need to be secured in a safe area during the inspection.