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Old 28-09-2021, 02:43   #1
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Hi, We are just about to purchase a 10m, 2020 catamaran which is essentially new since the owner has hardly sailed her. In this situation would the advice to be to get her fully surveyed anyway? Even a brand new boat could have been pranged during delivery but I'm guessing most of this type of damage could be picked up by the non-professional....

Does anyone have any recommendations for surveyors based around the Portsmouth area?

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Insurance - who/type/cost

Where to keep her - most places say they are full.

Excited about owning our first cat but there's a lot to think about and I want to get all my ducks in a row before pulling the final trigger.

Thanks!
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Old 28-09-2021, 02:49   #2
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Re: Marine Surveyor - New Boat - UK

I'm on my 4th boat right now and can recommend getting a survey before purchasing. I even had my factory-delivered new boat surveyed. In the grand scheme of things it doesn't cost that much and will give you peace of mind regarding your purchase. In addition, if you intend on getting comprehensive insurance you will most likely need a recent survey. These insurance surveys tend to be less detailed so I would get a "full" survey which will also include what your insurance company would want.

The Solent is a great place to sail!
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Old 29-09-2021, 12:42   #3
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Re: Marine Surveyor - New Boat - UK

Thanks Zanshin

We have decided to get a full survey done and I now have a couple of insurance quotes. The only problem now is where to keep her, I don't know how things are in other countries but here in the UK, everyone has gone boat mad and there are literally NO marina places anywhere
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I think I can get you a slot at the marina I frequented in Newcastle, but that might be somewhat of a cold sailing area and rather long commute from down south...

I would have thought that somewhere in the Southampton / Portsmouth / Solent area there would be an available marina berth!
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Re: Marine Surveyor - New Boat - UK

Good luck finding a marina berth for a cat around the Solent area. There may be one somewhere but it is going to cost you! A few suggestions though that you may not have thought of. Try Multihull World https://www.multihullworld.com in Thornham. They may have a tidal berth or mooring and close to your home. Further afield, over near Plymouth try Multihull Centre https://www.multihullcentre.com/multihull-centre/ . Insurance... I used Admiral Marine (nothing to do with the other Admiral insurance company) https://www.admiralyacht.com . The owner used to be very involved and was great to deal with, but, they are now part of a larger group so things may have changed.

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For other drying berths try Quay Lane boatyard, Gosport, or Hayling Yacht Company, Chi harbour.
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Re: Marine Surveyor - New Boat - UK

I would second going to Multihull World who can put you in touch with a specialist multihull surveyor. They could also act as a buyers broker, which as I understand it means that their fee comes from sharing with the seller's broker, if there is one.

They are also based at Thronham Marina nr Emsworth, https://www.thornhammarina.com/ and usually have berths but useable only a few hours/tide. There are quite a few tidal marinas around Portsmouth, Fareham Marina and Wicormarine in Portsmouth Harbour itself.

If you are prepared to have a non alongside berth, there are a lot of tidal and deepwater moorings in Chichester, Langstone and Portsmouth harbours. Also, some sailing clubs do have moorings. We kept out 10m cat on atidal mooring in Langstone harbour for 10 years, just grit your teeth and think of the 100s of you save every time you get wet and muddy to get to your boat!

For insurance, Try Pantaenius https://www.pantaenius.com/uk-en/, Coleman Marine https://colemanmarine.co.uk/ both of whom I have used without issues.
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Thanks to everyone for their excellent advice. Just got the contract through so we are getting very excited! We are buying through Multihull World who I have to say have been very helpful so far. The madness continues and yes, berths are very scarce but we do have a couple of options and are certainly not averse to having a tidal berth/mooring - at least for now. Will keep you posted on our progress
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I've met Mark Jarvis of Multihull World a couple of times in the past. Nice guy. I believe he's taking part in the ARC in a Rapier 550 next month so he's probably quite busy at the moment!
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