Narrowboat Surveys and Surveyors

Have your Narrowboat Surveyed

We recommended all second hand narrow boats are surveyed, there are three types of survey;
  • Full Survey
  • Hull Survey 
  • Internal Survey

A Full Survey
This will require the narrowboat to be out of the water so that ultrasonic measurement of the hull can take place. This enables the surveyor to measure the thickness of the plate and check for damage and pitting.
The full survey will also comment on the boat safety items of the narrow boat and also make assessments of the engine and stern gear.

A Hull Survey

Having a hull survey means that only the hull alone will be checked for quality and thickness.

Internal Surveys

Only checks the boat for boat safety items, and surveyors can be asked to comment on engine and stern gear if required.

Remember the surveyor works for you, the buyer, and he will point out every issue the narrow boat has. The Venetian team will work with you so that you understand the survey and its implication in the purchase of the boat.

You can use any surveyor you wish but please make sure that they can offer boat safety certificates as well as a standard survey. We will also require them to high light any insurance or boat safety requirements within the report as these can potentially be re-negotiate on depending on the deal you have already agreed.

A typical survey will cost anything between £250 and £600+ VAT depending on the type of survey required.


Name   Mobile Number Landline  Website  
Steve Hand 0790 888 5034
Peter Tindall   07774 801623    01332 960068
Chris Makin 07787 935377  
Mike Carter 07831 184495

Our sister company Whilton Marina has filmed a video showing the kind of things that boat surveyors look for when they carry out a narrowboat hull survey. They have many more useful video clips on their youtube channel.

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