Testimonials Archives - Boat, Yacht & Marine Surveyors

I was delighted with the speed and efficiency you demonstrated in conducting the pre purchase survey of the Ombrine 550.  I was also very pleased with the comprehensive content report following the survey.

Phil Beneteau Ombrine 550
Review Jan 2015
January 13th, 2015

We engaged Matt to survey our 20 year old Southerly 115 that had been out of the water for nearly a year. In advance he explained what the survey would and would not cover and his promise of using plain English in the report was welcomed. We received a prompt and in-depth report that identified and prioritised the issues we needed to know about. The report was clearly written, photographs were used to show faults and he was happy to answer all our questions. We would be very happy to ask Matt to survey any future craft we buy and recommend him highly to anyone needing a survey.

Alison and Nick Boxall.
Review Jan 2015
January 9th, 2015

Matt West carried out a pre purchase survey for me in late August 2014. He did an excellent job at very short notice — I wouldn’t hesitate to use him again and recommend him to colleagues. Very thorough indeed and very reasonably priced. The craft was a fairly elderly Leisure 23SL which was purported to be in excellent condition with a well equipped inventory. Having looked at several similar less desirable yachts I decided to have a survey on this one as my knowledge of sailing yachts fell well short of my motor boat experience. Matt soon found this craft to be un-seaworthy which came as a bitter disappointment. The bilge keels had suffered severe stress damage to the hull which had been quite cleverly disguised in a less than satisfactory repair.. The craft was a disaster waiting to happen. Matt organised the survey within 3 days including lifting out of the water and making the necessary arrangements liasing with the current owner, myself and the boat yard. The whole exercise was seamless and highly efficient.

David O
Review Jan 2015
January 8th, 2015

I was delighted with the speed and efficiency you demonstrated in conducting the pre purchase survey of the Ombrine 550. I was also very pleased with the comprehensive content report following the survey. Phil Beneteau Ombrine 550 Review Jan 2015

Matt West Customer review Beneteau Ombrine 550 Purchase survey
January 6th, 2015

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

Recent Jan 2015 customer review
January 6th, 2015

Thank you for a very thorough and professional survey of our yacht Ellos Star, Hallberg Rassy 94 in particular the level of detail you undertook in examining the impact damage and subsequent repairs. Your report has given us a nice feeling of confidence in her ability to withstand the high seas. We have had the hull valves and skin fittings, you identified in your report as being suspect, replaced with corrosion resistant type as recommended, and now look forward to the 2015 sailing season.

Alex & Kay Wallis
Review Jan 2015
January 5th, 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
December 27th, 2014

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
December 24th, 2014

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
December 19th, 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
December 13th, 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
December 10th, 2014

In  May 2014 I purchased a Westerly Warwick Sailing boat manufactured in 1973. The purchase was conditional upon receiving a satisfactory marine survey report. I engaged Marine Surveys UK – Matt West – to do the work. The work was carried out promptly, efficiently and at a reasonable price. The good news is that its findings were also correct in that the vessel is sound and seaworthy as has been proved throughout the 2014 sailing season when it has been to sea many times, sometimes in adverse weather. Based on my experience I have no hesitation in recommending Matt to undertake marine surveys.

Bill Hawthorn MIAgrE ASIC.
Chief Engineer
May 30th, 2014

Excellent survey at a very reasonable price and the report was received the following morning meaning purchase and negotiations could proceed quickly. 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. Great guy and reasonably experienced with engines too. Gary from Fleet.

1981 JCL Mirage 43, GRP construction, semi displacement hull, twin engine motor vessel
Review April 2014
April 17th, 2014

Earlier last year I decided to purchase my first boat, a 1976 Dufour 29ft. I knew at the time that the boat was in need of some TLC given her age and general condition and would become a bit of a “project”. What I was not sure about was whether or not it was a safe buy and if the amount of work that needed to be done was could be achieved. This is where Matt of Marine Surveys UK came in. His inch by inch and nut and bolt complete boat survey was broken down into easy to understand sections that graded the work to be done using a simple star grading system. This enabled me to firstly confirm my buying decision with the confidence and detailed assessment Matt had given but more importantly to plan and prioritise the work that needed to be done. Matt was also on hand post purchase to offer further advice, support and clarification when I got to particular points in my project. I would not hesitate to recommend Matt. 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 W
Jan 2014
January 14th, 2014

Matt recently completed a survey on a Sealine S28 which I have now purchased. 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
December 27th, 2013

I needed a survey for my insurance renewal this year. Matt West was recommended to me and having booked him for my survey I can see why. 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
Sent from my iPad December 2013
December 26th, 2013
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