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John Lefroy provides a comprehensive survey and consultation service on craft up to a length of 20 metres. This includes vessels of GRP, steel and timber construction. All areas of Ireland are covered on a regular basis. As is essential in a surveyor, John is totally independent and has no affiliation to brokers, private sellers

The most important asset of a surveyor is experience. This can only be built-up over time and John has been professionally involved in the small-boat business for thirty-five years - boating and sailing have also been his main leisure activity for some fifty years. He carries full indemnity insurance to safeguard his clients.


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Surveying

'Why do I need a survey?' This is the most commonly-asked question, followed by 'What information will I receive?' Well, that depends on what you need the survey for. The most commonly requested surveys fall under the following headings:

Pre-purchase survey
Pre-insurance survey
Damage-assessment survey

Pre-purchase survey
This type of survey assesses the general condition of a vessel for the prospective buyer. This is the most thorough survey-type with regard to structural features. Great detail on the extent and seriousness of existing problems in the hull, superstructure and interior - as well as suggested repairs - is provided to the prospective buyer. The survey also covers engine, electrical and equipment installation, and may include sea-trials if deemed necessary. The report concludes with a list of defects under the headings of those that are dangerous, those needing priority attention and items of advice.

Pre-insurance survey
This type of survey is undertaken so that the insurance underwriter can determine whether or not the vessel is an acceptable risk. It will also be requested by underwriters from time-to-time to check that vessels are kept up to standard. This survey will inform the insurance-underwriter of the type, construction and condition of the vessel, machinery and equipment. Further, the survey may identify specific requirements requested by the underwriter - and is also acceptable to finance-houses who require knowledge of the state of the craft. A valuation is part of this survey, as well as a list of defects that need attention.

Damage-assessment survey
This survey deals primarily with a specific problem, such as damage from grounding, collision, dismasting or sinking. Emphasis is placed on the severity and extent of the damage incurred. It may be requested by the owner to back up a claim, or by the underwriter to assess the extent of the damage, and may include determining the cost of repairs.

A survey request should not be looked on as an unnecessary annoyance requested by an insurance-underwriter or finance-house. Many surveys end up saving the client the cost of the survey - sometimes much more, as items are identified whose cost of repair can be recouped from the vendor. It also gives the client peace of mind that the craft is safe and that it provides good value for money.



Other services offered include:


Re-build supervision and advice
Sourcing of craft


Re-build supervision and advice
This service includes building-up a specification for the owner where a re-fit is contemplated. Overseeing of a tendering process and subsequent supervision of the work is included in the package.

Sourcing of craft
Typically, this will involve advising the client on a suitable craft - and then going on to source a suitable vessel. Mini-surveys on short-listed vessels are undertaken before a final craft is selected for in-depth survey.

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John Lefroy, Clarisford Moys, Killaloe, Co Clare.