Need a Marine Survey, Yacht Survey or Boat Survey or advice?
Then please 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, Inland waterways or the sea from a Cornish Shrimper sailing boat or 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. This is referred to as a pre-purchase boat survey.
Whether you have found us through the internet, recommendations from friends or the broker has suggested us, the Boat surveyors job is to work for you in the purchase of the yacht and we have now helped over 1000 customers, many of whom have posted independent reviews and we are happy to put you in touch with any of them.
If you need an Insurance survey and valuation, contact us, we are the boat surveyor for you.
Tonnage or flag survey required? That’s us too.
- We carry out tonnage surveys so you can get Part 1 British Registration
MCA Commercial small craft coding? Send us an email with your requirements.
- We code all vessels under 24mvessels to MCA regulations
- 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 unnecessary 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
Whatever type of Yacht, Boat or Marine Survey you require for GRP or steel, yachts or River Boats, RIBs, please get in touch. We do do some wooden boats and if we can’t will recommend someone. Personal service guaranteed. Advice is free.
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.
Many customers from Sweden, Holland, Denmark, Germany, France and Norway commission us to survey boats in the UK and in their home countries and we can provide references.
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Here are some snippets of recent reviews. they can be seen in full on our testimonials page, or on the facebook and google+ links above
“Matt provided an excellent survey service when I was buying my first boat – always a nerve-wracking experience! He was very flexible with timings, arrived promptly and conducted a very thorough inspection, taking time to explain key points to me and offer general boating advice. The report came through very quickly and was comprehensive, clear and made sensible recommendations. I would fully recommend Matt. ” Nick Bournemouth, Review Jan 2016
We purchased our Dufour 36 from ‘Ancasta’ Chichester last April, and they recommended using Matt for our survey. We were travelling from Cardiff , and Matt was extremely helpful and easy to deal with. I attended for part of the survey, and he took time to talk me over the yacht andgave me a very detailed verbal description on the day. This was followed up naturally by a more detailed written report . Everything was dealt with very promptly , Matt was easy to contact throughout the process , and I would highly recommend his services .
“I was very pleased with the survey that you carried out for me,It was comprehensive and at a fair price ,done when I wanted and it was very useful to be able to discuss you findings with you” Chris Forsyth. Olympic 500C. December 2014
I had Matt survey my Rinker 232 in September 2014, he was very thorough and answered any questions I had. Overall an excellent service without fault or delay so if you are looking for a marine survey I would highly recommend Matt. Terry Goulty. Rinker 232 December 2014
“Living in Sweden I found an interesting Beneteau First 305 in the Southampton area. Searching for a surveyor I found Matt West. He made a pre-purchase condition survey to great value for me. He also taught me a lot about this boat model. Knowing the status of the boat we had a nice sailing trip home to Sweden.” Jörgen Haslum December 2014
… A really nice guy, very knowledgeable and helpful. The report was clear and easily understood and all findings were clearly put into perspective for me. Thoroughly recommended! Peter Bristow, Haywards Heath May 2014
Excellent survey at a very reasonable price and the report was received the following morning … Matt was also happy to offer further free advice on the phone several weeks later and I’m sure even years later he’d continue to do so. …. Gary from Fleet. April 2014
…Matt did a great job, supporting me from start to finish and coming up with common sense solutions to potentially tricky problems. I will certainly be instructing Matt for my future surveying needs.Paul Lovejoy, Emsworth Feb 2104
…His inch by inch and nut and bolt complete survey was broken down into easy to understand sections that graded the work to be done using a simple star grading system. ….. He gave me the confidence to make my purchase, undertake the repairs and to have a boat now which has given me many happy hours of sailing. Mark Wood Portsmouth
Our 1984 Sunseeker 25 XPS Portofino required a safety / condition report for insurance purposes. This was carried out very efficiently and without fuss. P. Crowther-Wilton, Banbury 1st January 2014
Matt West was recommended to me …. the service he provides is prompt, reliable helpful and efficient. From initial call to receiving my survey took just a week. I would have no hesitation in recommending Matt” Andrew Campbell
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The previous owner, ….. was very impressed with your level of detail and testing and has kept your details to use your services when he buys his next boat. ….. we are very happy with her and in the knowledge that she has had a very thorough and detailed survey performed on her by a very knowledgeable and professional company. Dave D. December 2013
As a foreigner, having someone local you can trust, acting as your eyes and your ears and helping you to keep you with both feet on the ground, is an investment that’s worth every penny. Joris Van Roy, Belgium December 2013
He went out of his way to be helpful and even accompanied us on the sea trial. He produced an extremely comprehensive survey report and so far 3 months on I have not found a single thing he has missed. He is an accomplished professional with an in depth knowledge of boats and has been an invaluable source of advice. I would have no hesitation in recommending him to you, you would have to go a long way to find anyone better.” Mike S. December 2013
I have used surveyors when buying boats previously and none came up to the standard of service provided by Matt. Peter V. Sea Ray 240 July 2013
A very friendly and exceptionally helpful service, I would definitely recommend them. Rosie T. 43′ Narrow boat June 2013