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Dag Pike Boat Survey App

We’re really pleased to be working with Dag Pike on some great new apps for iPhone & Android. Here’a a bit more about the first app:

Dag Pike’s Boat Inspection App

Dag began his career as a merchant captain, went on to test RNLI lifeboats, and took up fast boat navigation, winning a string of trophies for powerboat races around the world, including navigating Richard Branson’s Virgin Atlantic Challenger on the record-breaking fastest Atlantic crossing by powerboat.

He is now a navigation and powerboat journalist in demand all round the world.

In this new app he shares with you his expert knowledge gained over 25 years as a qualified Marine Surveyor – Essential tips and information to help you navigate safely through the process of buying a boat or checking out your own.

It’s an absolute must – have this app with you when checking out any boat with a view to purchase, and help avoid very costly mistakes.

Calling in a professional surveyor is expensive but you can do a lot of the same inspection work yourself. These check lists will guide you through the process, what to look out for and what the signs mean.

This app will be with you when you need it – on your ‘phone or tablet.

For the boat owner, the check lists are a useful starting point for checking out your boat in detail at the end of the season, so you can be comfortable that the boat is in good shape or identify any work that needs to be done.

The 10 Minute Boat Survey

The 10 Minute Boat Survey check list can be a useful guide when looking over boats when there isn’t time or the facilities for making detailed checks. If you want to make a closer examination of a boat that interests you, then after working through the detailed lists in this app you will have a good idea whether it is worth going ahead with the purchase or whether to walk away, before calling in the professional.

These check lists will go a long way to help identify if potential problems are serious or cosmetic. You will certainly know a boat’s condition better at the end of them.

Whether potential purchaser or owner, please call in the professional for the final check or when you can’t work out just how serious a problem might be – it’s a big investment, and we aim to help you get it right.

Dag’s unique 10 Minute Boat Survey check list is an essential guide about what to look for when looking around a potential purchase when there isn’t time or the facilities for a more detailed check. It’s easy to be taken along with admiring your potential new purchase, or listening to the broker sell you on all the good points, but this will keep your feet firmly on the ground, and help you make the right choice and then negotiate the best deal.

You can find out even more about boat surveying in Dag’s new book Be Your Own Boat Surveyor published by Adlard Coles,.

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