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Verband der Sportboot- und Schiffbau-Sachverständigen e.V. (VBS)

Gunther-Plüschow-Str. 8, 50829 Köln
Telephone +49 221 595710
Fax +49 221 5957110

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boot 2022 hall map (Hall 3): stand A94.2

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boot 2022 fairground map: Hall 3

Our range of products

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  • 04  Services
  • 04.01  Information/Construction/Services
  • 04.01.03  Experts/Surveyors/Engineering Consultant's Offices

Our products

Product category: Experts/Surveyors/Engineering Consultant's Offices

Buying advice for a used boat

What should I consider when buying a used boat? This buying guide provides the answers to the most important questions about buying a boat.

Where can I find advice on buying a used boat?
If you want to be on the safe side, you should hire a surveyor. He has a neutral view of possible defects and, in case of doubt, more experience. The costs for a purchase appraisal depend on the size of the boat and the scope of the assignment. Qualified experts charge a daily rate of about 1000 euros, plus travel expenses. A visual inspection takes less time than a purchase appraisal and is therefore considerably cheaper. A visual inspection by an expert of the Association of Sports Boat and Shipbuilding Experts (VBS) is based on a checklist which records the condition for them. Experts are listed on the homepage of the VBS.

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Product category: Experts/Surveyors/Engineering Consultant's Offices

Damage assessments for boats and yachts

In the event of damage, it is advisable to call in an expert for a damage appraisal. The damage is not always as superficial as it looks at first glance. Often underlying areas of the boat or yacht are also affected or there are effects in completely different places that the non-expert does not consider.

It is often not possible to make a claim at a later date without a damage report, so it is advisable to subject the damage to a detailed examination in advance. Repair costs, replacement and loss of value are determined by the expert and established in a well-founded manner.

The damage appraisal must stand up to legal proceedings.

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Product category: Experts/Surveyors/Engineering Consultant's Offices

Appraisals for boats and yachts

Valuation reports for boats and yachts are often required by insurance companies to determine the hull insurance sum.

In order to determine the actual value of the boat, the purchase contract is often not sufficient. Many boats have a higher or perhaps a lower value than stated in the purchase contract or are no longer available on the market and therefore cannot be recovered.

The actual value should be determined by a specialist with an appraisal. He can usually also advise you on the necessary insurance conditions.

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About us

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The VBS e.V. is an independent association of recognised boat and shipbuilding experts, most of whom are based in Germany, but some of whom are also based abroad. The members of the VBS are experts recognised by the association who have undergone an admission procedure based on defined quality criteria, such as sound professional training and extensive expertise. Many of our experts are also certified according to ISO 17024 and/or publicly appointed and sworn. The VBS Code of Conduct, which our members follow, complies with international standards.

Through the VBS, customers can access a nationwide network of qualified and independent experts who offer their many years of experience in various fields for pleasure boats, motor boats, yachts and shipbuilding. The organization consists of about 40 experts who have to prove their expertise in advance and who have made it their goal to continuously maintain and expand this expertise through further training measures. The fields of expertise of the individual experts can be found here:

The VBS e.V. is a professional association within the Bundesverband Wassersportwirtschaft e.V. (Federal Association of the Water Sports Industry). (