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Hi Matt, Thanks for the detailed report. I know the boat is 20 years old so expected a few problems. Structurally she seemed in good shape with no major faults.  Thanks again I would certainly be happy to recommend your work.Cheers for now.

Dave.
Princess 460 20 years old. Survey June 2019
June 1st, 2019

Matt undertook a pre-purchase survey for me. He was very detailed and yet very clear with his report and recommendations. The survey found serious osmosis as well as other issues which resulted in me rejecting this motor yacht. I would recommend him without any hesitation. A very professional and helpful surveyor.

David G.
Review on facebook November 2018
November 15th, 2018

I have never used the same surveyor twice – principally because I considered each surveyor to have his own area of particular interest/expertise such that over the 25 years we have owned our Southerly 105 and 5off insurance surveys all areas would have been examined. Whilst searching the web I viewed the Marine Surveys UK website and was impressed by the logo “Pragmatic Surveys in Plain English” this led me to reading the reviews all of which I found to be positive. Having completed the preliminaries with Matt West and agreed for the survey to be conducted in 3 months time at the end of the 2015 refit upon lifting the boat out for the winter the “Skipper’s” assessment of the growing refit list required that the survey should be brought forward to “as soon as possible” to enable underwriters time to review the Survey Report. Matt duly responded and carried out the survey at short notice. The survey was conducted in a thorough and professional manner. All areas and systems were inspected and some of the defects discovered whilst initially alarming truly required immediate attention for future peace of mind. Matt was particularly helpful in not only identifying defects but also explaining how they should be rectified in a manner I could understand. The Survey Report was received a few days after the survey and was accepted by underwriters. The bottom line – Matt West has a broad knowledge of boat construction and systems I will be asking Matt to conduct the next survey and have no reservations in recommending him to my fellow sailing club members- Member Marchwood Yacht Club 2015 

Southerly 105 survey Review 2015
January 6th, 2015

I cannot tell you how impressed I was with the service. I was in desperation as my potential buyer wanted an immediate survey and I was having a terrible time trying to arrange one with local surveyors. I happened by chance to find Matts number on the Internet and explained my plight. Matt offered to re arrange his schedule to accommodate me and with some tight scheduling with the marina the boat was lifted and a thorough hull survey done. Matt phoned me on completion to explain in detail the results of the survey and even though we had never met, he trusted me on face value to leave the money for him. Needless to say I sold the boat and cannot rate Matt highly enough, I will never hesitate to use or recommend his service to anyone. Highly professional and a nice bloke Too !5 Stars. Derek Norman Merry Fisher 805 Review December 2014

5 Star review for Matt West Boat surveyor
January 6th, 2015

Matt was fantastic and incredibly thorough at conducting a boat survey for us in Spain. We were in Australia, trying to buy a boat in Spain which is a very nerve wracking process. Matt helped us out enormously, was very professional and also very cost effective. We were incredibly impressed by the service and have no hesitation in recommending him for a survey anywhere in Europe!! Richard and Heather Clement, Moody 425 Review December 2014

Another great customer review for Matt West Boat Surveyor
January 6th, 2015

Matt provided an extremely professional service with regard to the pre purchase survey. He was most helpful on the day of the survey, spending time explaining and discussing points identified and recommended fixes to pragmatically resolve. The survey report was delivered the within 48 hours and was presented in a way that was easy to understand and extract key points that needed to be addressed with the Yacht Broker. I have no hesitation highly recommending Marine Surveys UK based upon the services provided.

Husron V.P
Reviewed on cylex Jan 2018
January 10th, 2018

I can’t praise Matt highly enough for the survey on my new boat. He was meticulous to a fault, happy to be left to do his thing and was invaluable on the sea trial. The fee was very reasonable and what price do you put on your peace of mind anyway? Thanks Matt.

Peter E.
Reviewed on Freeindex July 2017
July 20th, 2017

I hired Matt for a pre-purchase survey in Southampton.
The boat, as it turned out, was a complete walkaway, with major structural issues that I had not discovered during my own inspection of the boat.
Matt was very thurough and took the time to explain to me the issues and advice me during the survey.
I was extremely pleased with his work and would recommend him to anyone looking for a first class surveyor.

Sebastian.
reviewed on facebook, Feb 2017
February 8th, 2017

The survey, on a 33ft sailing yacht, was really useful to us. The report arrived promptly, and was easy to understand, with no jargon. It was clear that the boat, and all her systems, had been thoroughly gone through. The survey report was very useful to us in our negotiation with the owner. We will also use it in planning future maintenance of our new boat. Thank you!

James C.W
Review on facebook December 2016
December 24th, 2016

Hi Matt, thanks for a super job on Tigger. As a newbie sailor and with my first yacht, I really appreciated the clear and precise nature of the survey carried. You helped identify areas of concern on my 43 year seawych and made it clear and easy to understand the work needed to bring her up to search.

Mr O’Regan.
reviewed on facebook Oct.2016
October 21st, 2016

Matt was surveying our 24 meter steel hull vessel in Milford Haven. We were very pleased with his work. Very honest, trustworthy, hard to find his kind out there. We can highly recommend to everyone…

Csilla E.
Review on facebook. Sept 2016
September 6th, 2016

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
January 12th, 2016

I have used Matt West for surveys on two vessels. He gave a very professional, efficient and friendly service. His reports were lucid, well presented and supplied promptly. I would have no hesitation in using his expertise again.I have recommended him to fellow sailing club members.

Ged Friday
Review Jan 2015
January 29th, 2015

I recently commissioned Matt West (Marine Surveys UK) to carry out a survey and found him to be very friendly,helpful,professional and thorough! I attended the survey and Matt took plenty of time out to show me any defects and possible causes for future concern as he worked through the vessel. His online report arrived the next day and it was a very comprehensive document. I would have no hesitation in recommending him to carry out your survey requirements.

Paul Wilshaw. vessel surveyed Tufglass/Seacracker 33.
Jan 2015 review
January 23rd, 2015

As a family we have owned seven yachts after acquiring a 30ft Arpege in 1975. When we came to purchase our latest acquisition last November we used the services of Matt West of Marine Surveys . I can state quite honestly that he was the best, the most able, the most thorough surveyor we have ever used. He turned up on date, on time and carried out a very painstaking survey of the 41 foot yacht that we sought to purchase. His survey, when it came, was very clear, detailed and with a great deal of information. We are very pleased with the yacht which we subsequently purchased and would have no hesitation in recommending his services in the future.

John Woods
Review Jan 2015
January 17th, 2015

I have been sailing for over 45 years and used the services of Matt West over the past 5 years. I have found his knowledge, advice and guidance to be the best I have experienced in my sailing years. What particularly sets him apart from his contemporaries is that he discussed and explained various parts of his finding with me as the survey progressed and did not arrive to do his work with any preconceived rigid ideas but rather worked with me to address his findings. In between surveys, I have had occasions to seek his advice and he has readily responded to my queries.  I have no hesitation in recommending Matt.

Ron Ryan
Review Jan 2015
January 15th, 2015
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