Pre Delivery Inspection(PDI)

What is a PDI / Goal and content

The delivery inspection of a new boat takes place before the boat is accepted by the manufacturer or dealer. It includes a meticulous pre-purchase inspection to verify that the boat has been completed according to all specifications agreed upon at the time of order and that all technical aggregates and other elements are in working order.

In order to eliminate all the defects found, which always occur when buying a new boat, it is advisable to have a thorough inspection carried out by an experienced surveyor before delivery. This inspection is carried out after the boat has been put into operation by the manufacturer/dealer and if the manufacturer/dealer is of the opinion that the boat is ready for delivery.

The boat is subjected to a thorough inspection to check the quality of the boats built and to ensure that all operating systems and other elements work as they should.


PDI / Process and procedure

As a rule, this thorough and comprehensive examination is carried out in two phases

1. initial inspection

This is completed when the shipyard has confirmed “production completion” and the surveyor is able to perform a full review of the construction specifications, full internal/external cosmetic finishing inspection, extended sea trial and full system testing.
From this review, a complete list of defects, observations and/or non-conformities is generated and reviewed with the team for final completion work. All identified defects must be completed before formal handover and delivery.
The larger the boat/yacht, the more extensive and time consuming the inspection will be. For a yacht of e.g. 25 meters in length, this takes about 2 days, including preparation of a detailed inspection report with a list of defects.

2. second inspection

This is carried out as soon as the shipyard has confirmed that the reported defects have been eliminated.
This is followed by a further inspection of the vessel, which includes preparations for shipment (packing down), testing of the outer covers and cushions, inspection of all loose parts (according to specification and standard shipping kit) and acceptance of the agreed work.
All outstanding items will be agreed upon for completion before shipment or handed over to the warranty. An additional day is estimated for this process, provided there are no major problems.

The results of the inspection are recorded in a specially structured inspection report and, following the inspection, a list of defects is drawn up and presented to the buyer to enable him to make a claim against his supplier.