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Old 31-03-2015, 08:58   #1
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Need Survey to register in BVI

I'm planning (or trying) to register a new boat in the BVI's. Even though the boat is new from the Lagoon factory in France the BVI's require a survey. I'm trying to locate a BVI approved surveyor (Bureau Veriitas) close to the factory in order to minimize the costs of the survey.

Has anyone encountered this situation before and do they have a survey reference in that area?
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Old 03-04-2015, 06:18   #2
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Re: Need Survey to register in BVI

This is not a normal survey. It is a "tonnage certificate". You will need a measurer who meets the BVI registry requirements and cam go to the factory. There is more than one. I posted contact details in a similar thread a while ago.

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Re: Need Survey to register in BVI

Are you intending on heading to the BVI with the boat? If so, you can get a temporary certificate pending the survey and do the survey upon arrival in the BVI. There are several surveyors who will do the tonnage survey there. It might be possible that the BVI will accept a "British Tonnage Survey" and there are many such accredited surveyors in France and Europe.
I did something similar with the British registry as I couldn't find an approved surveyor in Annapolis when I picked up the boat (except one, who demanded that the boat be hauled for the survey, which is not necessary) so I used the temporary certificate until I was in the BVI and got the survey done, about $200 if I recall and the surveyor going around the boat with a tape measure and bits of string. A week later I had my final paperwork.
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Re: Need Survey to register in BVI

I'm not intending to head to the BVI's right away, so I would like to get this taken care at the factory. It's a new boat, so I can't imagine there is much to this.
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