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Need a Marine Survey, Yacht Survey or Boat Survey?

Contact Matt West at Boat Surveyor Ltd trading as Marine Surveys UK

If you are buying a boat, of any size, Motorboats, Sailing boats, Narrow Boats for use on Lakes, Rivers or the sea from a Cornish Shrimper sailing boat, 3m RIB to a Sunseeker 50m Motor Yacht or Swan 105 Sailing Yacht you should get a Survey to make sure you know about any defects, so you can make informed decisions.

Matt West looks at every boat in great detail and reports to you in plain English (we refer to this as a pre-purchase boat survey.)

Don’t forget the the boat surveyors job is to represent YOU when buying your yacht, and with over a 1000 satisfied customers, (see their reviews) you can rest assured that is exactly what Matt is doing for you.


Full Member

International Institute of Marine Surveying

Full Member British Marine Surveyors Europe

British Marine Surveyors Europe (BMSE)

Accredited Member

Yacht Designer & Surveyors Association (YDSA)

Family Members

Royal Yachting Association (RYA)

The Federation Of Small Business

Federation of Small Businesses (FSB)


From satisfied customer 



Many thanks.  Very comprehensive and reassuring.


Insurance Survey Contessa 28 Chichester
December 10th, 2020

Hi Matt, 

I completed the purchase of the Hallberg-Rassy last Friday and just wanted to thank you for the work you did on the survey  – comprehensive and very helpful. 
Best wishes Robert 
Survey Hallberg-Rassy HR37
November 23rd, 2020
Matt goes through a boat inch-by-inch checking even the most mundane items and structures for possible faults. If you want to buy a boat with confidence, he’s your man. Just one example, I was interested in the detailed condition of the anchor locker. This was not covered in full in the survey because there was no reason to dwell on it. The structure in that part of the boat was in good order. However, in response to my call – and within minutes – Matt emailed me a detailed series of photographs plus a summary of what he had seen in the locker. This was the work of a real professional who I would wholeheartedly recommend.  
Ed Gorman July 31st, 2020
Meticulous, detailed and thorough
July 31st, 2020
Testimonial Form
Full Name: Nick Fox
Boat Type Oceanis 343
How did you rate the communication and information prior to survey?: 4/5
Was the survey report informative and covered all you required? 5/5
Was the report delivered in a timely manner? 4/5
Overall star rating for website review: 5/5
Any comments you would like to make? Great service, prompt and professional. Thanks for your help.
Survey review Oceanis 343
September 24th, 2019

Marine Surveys UK, were efficient and extremely thorough. They saved me a great deal of money.

August 2nd, 2019

The whole process was very easy.
Matt was very helpful during the survey including us in all aspects and his report was well structured and easy to follow and understand.
Additionally his help and advice following his report was excellent.
I would not hesitate to use him again.

Chris Brittain
June 19th, 2019

All good pleasant and friendly

Ray Mclaren
June 13th, 2019

I contacted Matt to do an insurance survey on my 35 year old, 36ft sailing boat. Communication was good and we arranged to meet whilst the survey was being carried out. As in all surveys there are things that need correcting and potential problems being identified. Matt was very good at explaining all aspects of the survey.
The result was a very comprehensive and thorough survey report clearly identifying any problems, how to resolve them and the time span in which they should be done.
Surveys are always a bit traumatic however, Matts approach, help and advice made it a good experience.
Matts services are highly recommended.

Les Prior
June 9th, 2019

Very friendly and professional, survey was undertaken at a suitable time for the seller and the report was detailed enough for me to make a decision about the boat.  Would recommend to anyone looking to get a survey on their boat.

Nick H
April 4th, 2018

We commissioned Matt West to oversee a recent barge conversion over a duration of circa nine months. Given our inexperience, we needed specific expertise and were delighted with the professional service Matt provided. He supervised the project management, guiding us at each stage of the renovation including attending regular site visits and assisting with key decisions.

We would have no hesitation in recommending Matt to project manage any further marine refurbishments.

Lesley Bufton
August 2nd, 2017


  • No job too small or too big, fair prices taking account the size of the job as well as the vessel.
  • 28 years of practical experience and continual professional development means you get the best possible info and opinions.
  • Your survey report is in plain English – it tells it like it is and is with you within 48 hours of completion often sooner.
  • We are pragmatic – our recommendations take into account the age, value and use of the vessel. We are not out to spoil your purchase or cause unne-cessary work or expense.
  • You get one to one reliable, qualified, courteous, friendly, efficient, honest, flexible service and we hope we are a pleasure to work with.
  • We Proud to be a Full Member of IIMS (MIIMS), Accredited member YDSA (AMYDSA), BMSE Full Member, but the main people who judge us are our customers.
  • We carry Full Marine Liability insurance and 3rd Party Insurance

News & Updates

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MCA targets uncoded race yachts Action will be taken against uncoded commercially operated sailing yach ...
Hi Matt,  I completed the purchase of the Hallberg-Rassy last Friday and just wanted to thank you for the ...
We continue to carry out boat surveys during this period. Boat Surveys for Insurance, pre-purchase, damage or commer ...
Matt goes through a boat inch-by-inch checking even the most mundane items and structures for possible faults. If yo ...
Update 11th May 2020 Currently we are allowed by most boat yards and marinas to survey yachts if they are ashore ...
Matt West attended the IIMS MCA approved tonnage measurement course, the only current approved course available in U ...
The MCA have issued advice to seafarers and ship owners, what is of interest to us is MCA Commercial coding:-  ...
This corroded mooring cleat was covered with a rope when we started the survey. We check
This gas hose is incorrectly clamped. The hose should firstly be fitted with hose clamps not Jubilee clips


We are based in Emsworth and we carry out most surveys in Chichester, Birdham, River Hamble, Southampton, Gosport, Portsmouth, Southsea, Poole, Swanwick, Lymington, Shoreham, Brighton, Worthing, Dover, Eastbourne, Newhaven, Bosham, Hythe, Christchurch, Weymouth. We are happy to travel the UK and Worldwide and have a links with approved surveyors around the country as well. We give competitive rates and do survey in Falmouth, Plymouth, Bristol, Cardiff, Swansea as well as we have friends down there and we like to go and stay as well as taking trips to France, Italy, Spain. Flights are often cheap and you can have a UK surveyor looking at the boat you want.

Boat surveys are carried out on many Rivers including The Medway areas of Rochester, Hundred of Hoo, Maidstone, Gillingham, Snodland, Aylesford. The River Thames, South Dock, Reading, Oxford, Caversham, Henley, Staines and the River Severn areas of Portishead and Avonmouth.


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