Why Matt West Boat Surveyor?

Marine Surveyor Southampton - Boat Surveyor UKWhy choose Marine Surveys UK? We have great customer service and experience. The owner of Marine Surveys UK is Matt West, a full member of the International Institute of Marine Surveyors, BMSE qualified with a Diploma in Yacht Surveying from the International Boat Building College and accredited member of the Yacht Brokers, Designers and Surveyors Association YDSA having passed their exam and had surveys assessed, and has been professionally involved with yachts since 1985. Matt West undertakes regular training and Continuous professional development to stay ahead. Niki West, Matt’s wife writes up the reports so we can turn them around for the customer quickly and ensures accuracy.

We have always worked in a customer facing environment and customer satisfaction is second nature. See the customer reviews here.

Experience started at the coal face when working as flotilla engineer for several years for several leading yacht charter organisations.

This experience was consolidated when Matt became Technical Manager, followed by Operations Director for Sunsail. Sunsail operated then, in excess of 1500 yachts worldwide in a wide range of different locations and conditions. It was Matt’s role to work with the boat builders on delivering the best boat for the customers and operation and  then to carry out warranty checks around the world on all of them, by carrying out surveys and reporting back in detail the faults and working with the manufacturers to over come the faults and issues.

In 2002 Matt became Managing Director for Sunsail and finally then leaving the organisation in 2006 to return to his passion of working with and solving issues with boats.


  • Graduate of the International Boat Building and Training College
  • Practical Yacht Surveying Course with Distinction grade
  • Accredited Member of the YDSA 
  • Full member IIMS

Matt is also a qualified practical yacht master with 1000’s of sea miles, including an Atlantic crossing and extensive cruising and racing experience on a wide range of other yachts and power boats.

Matt has worked with the technical teams in a large number of organisations including:

Boat manufacturers Equipment Manufacturers
Beneteau Fountaine Pajot Catamarans Yanmar
Jeanneau Prout Catamarans Bukh
Catalina (USA) Dromor yachts Greece Nanni
Morgan Yachts (USA) Dufour Volvo Penta
Elan Gibsea Perkins
Bianca Mariner engines