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Based in Taiwan, Pan Asian Yacht Services is situated a short flight away from all the shipyards in Taiwan, China, and Hong Kong, which makes it easy to inspect the work on your yacht at crucial points throughout the process. The extent and timing of these visits are determined by the nature of the project, and your comfort level.

Each visit will be documented to you in the form of a written report indicating the status of the project, with supporting photographs, as well as recommendations. Reports are mailed, emailed, or faxed to you immediately upon completion. Reports and reviews can be as complex or simple as you like.

For yachts being built in south Taiwan there is no charge for travel, and the cost of travel to shipyards in north Taiwan, Hong Kong and China can be very affordable. For some trips an overnight stay may be required.

Construction of a new yacht custom or production is an expensive, complex, time consuming task that can be emotionally draining; let me put your mind to rest. Fees for on site inspection vary depending on extent and frequency. Contact Pan Asian Yacht Services for a custom quote.

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The pre-purchase survey is a comprehensive inspection of your vessel. It is conducted primarily to ensure the safety of you and your crew by examining the vessel for compliance with ABYC and NFPA standards, and with USCG regulations. The fee for a pre-purchase survey is dependent upon the length of your vessel, and any additional testing you request.

A pre-purchase survey is an excellent investment, because it may identify expensive problems not observed by the buyer and possibly not by the seller either. This situation is true both for new and old vessels. Armed with this information, the buyer now has the facts to make a decision to walk away from a potential money pit, or to further negotiate the purchase price.

The pre-purchase survey is usually divided into three parts:

  • in-water inspection
  • haul out
  • sea trial

The in-water inspection is where the bulk of the survey takes place. During this phase the vessel is inspected from stem to stern, including the engines, and all operating equipment.

Haul out of the vessel usually occurs next so that the bottom can be cleaned of excessive marine growth prior to the sea trial if necessary, and to evaluate the condition of the running gear to ensure that the sea trial will be a valid test. If the sea trial occurs on the way to the haul out, which is not uncommon, conditions such as a foul bottom would have to be factored into the results.

During the sea trial the vessel is examined for proper operation while underway. For example, engines are tested at full throttle to ensure that engines run up to their maximum RPM range, direct temperature readings from the engine are compared to helm gauges, signs of engine leaks and vibration are checked etc.

A buyer can help improve the ultimate quality of a survey by ensuring that the vessel is prepared and organized. For example, clutter and piles of gear stuffed into every nook and cranny of the vessel may prevent inspection of that part of the vessel. Any such situations where complete inspection cannot not take place, will be clearly described in the report.

A typical pre-purchase report will be in your hands within 48 hours of the survey. The on-site portion of your survey will take four hours to a week or longer to complete depending on various factors such as vessel size, condition, and age. Report composition requires three to five hours to complete dependent upon the number of findings included in the report and whether or not additional research is necessary. Ask for custom pricing for shipyards, dealers and brokers.

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Services offered by Pan Asian Yacht Services:

  • Representing owner, broker and/or captain for new construction, major or minor refits.
  • Complete project management from start to finish - or small projects as needed.
  • Assist in selection of shipyard, planning, budgeting etc.
  • Liaise with shipyards, naval architects, designers, surveyors, craftsmen and local authorities.
  • Create progress reports.
  • Documentary photography - detailed photo reports via e-mail.
  • Make recommendations for onboard systems and equipment, handle purchasing, oversee installations.
  • Sea trials.
  • Complete interior outfitting from sheets and crystal to pots and pans.
  • Complete exterior outfitting - full chandlery services.
  • Deliveries and shipping of vessels throughout the world.
  • Cruise planning, itineraries and local tips.

Area of expertise:

  • All types of onboard systems.
  • Engines.
  • Generators.
  • Water purification systems.
  • Power conversion systems.
  • Hydraulics.
  • Stabilization systems.
  • Propulsion systems.
  • Oil & fuel systems.
  • Rigging & sails.
  • Navigational systems.
  • Communication systems.
  • Electrics.
  • Pumps, heads, plumbing.
  • Hull construction.
  • Construction of interiors.
  • Surface finishes, paints, varnishes etc.
  • Fittings, hardware etc.
  • Water toys, fishing gear & dive equipment.

Save yourself some of those long, tiring, and expensive trips by hiring a knowledgeable representative on location to look after your interest and report to you. Gain the advantage of being represented by a westerner who understands your language, culture and expectations, yet speaks Chinese, understands the culture in Taiwan and China.

Building a yacht in Taiwan or China is not only a vast savings compared to many other parts of the world. It is a fascinating culture and there are endless opportunities to see and experience the awesome history and simply enjoy being a tourist in the are. Steve can help you plan exciting excursions to add to the fun of your trips to inspect your new yacht in the construction phase, further enhancing your experience.

Let Pan Asian Yacht Services save you some of those long trips, and help make the trips you do more interesting.

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