The MIA is a group of like-minded yacht brokers and surveyors involved in the inspection, sale and purchase of second-hand sail and motor boats, throughout the UK and overseas.
The aims of the MIA are:
(a) to encourage anyone who is selling their second-hand sail or motor boat to commission an Independent Pre-sale Assessment (or IPA) of the condition of the vessel and certain equipment onboard, by an experienced marine surveyor, in order to increase the information available about the vessel to prospective buyers and the likelihood of selling the boat quickly;
(b) to provide a comprehensive inspection criteria and testing checklists for preliminary vessel assessments which address the critical areas of a vessel which will be of interest to a buyer of a typical second-hand yacht or motor boat; and
(c) to approve a panel of suitably experienced marine surveyors, through membership of the MIA, who are qualified to undertake such preliminary vessel assessments at reasonable, fixed fees, determined by the size of the vessel to be inspected.
MIA surveyors report and comment on up to 56 critical areas of a second-hand vessel.
Once approved by the seller, the IPA report will appear alongside a boat’s advertised specification and will be easily available to any prospective buyer who views or requests information about the boat.
IPAs do not replace full condition surveys of vessel which are usually recommended by Brokers prior to completion of a sale and purchase.