Testimonials Archives - Boat, Yacht & Marine Surveyors

I was given Matt West Surveys number by the Broker in Portsmouth. I had not had a survey done on my previous boat as it was a small day boat, my new boat was a bit bigger !! 30 Bayliner, Matt gave me a guesstimate of how much the survey would be, he was very reassuring about what needed to be done and he said that he would give us a full break down by email on completion of the survey. I must say that through out the whole episode of survey Matt was honest and professional, prompt on his reply to emails. His report was written in a way that was understandable with out being patronizing or over technical. I would definitely use him again for further pre purchase surveys.

Vicki W.
December 2013
December 5th, 2013

I contacted Matt via his website requiring a full pre purchase survey on a boat. Within 1 hour I had a response and that afternoon had a fully detailed, fixed price survey in my inbox. As this was my first boat purchase I had some queries about the scope; Matt patiently talked me through these one by one until I was comfortable with the next steps. We agreed a date/time for the survey and within 24 hours of survey completion I had received the report. Matt talked me through the report and its recommendations in detail including the best practice methods of addressing the issues raised. As it turns out, Matt spotted issues that were not picked up by the previous owner’s pre purchase survey and the seller was rather surprised. I would highly recommend Matt’s services based on his quick turnaround, reasonable pricing and acute attention to detail.

Peter Jones, Oceanis 473 Survey
Oct 2013
October 17th, 2013

As with most survey requests we needed it done yesterday and Matt was able to oblige. I accompanied Matt during the survey and was very grateful for his time and patience when he highlighted the construction details, sea cock positions, electronic systems etc etc. All of which boosted my confidence enough to complete the deal! His attention to detail (somehow he spotted two tiny blisters in the gel coat on the rudder which even when pointed out to me were difficult to see) and assurances about how serious ( or not in my case) some of the defects were and the likely cost to rectify were all extremely useful in my negotiations. Again giving me, an inexperienced boat owner, the confidence to proceed. As someone with many years experience in providing customer service to very demanding clients, I can absolutely recommend Matt and Marine Surveys UK for their outstanding levels of service and professionalism.

JM Sunodyssey 45
August 2013
August 16th, 2013

I have used surveyors when buying boats previously and none came up to the standard of service provided by Matt. The survey was extremely thorough and demonstrated Matts’ superior knowledge of the industry and of individual boats, both structurally and mechanically.

The survey results were in plain English and work required was prioritised very clearly so that I was able to make an informed decision about the purchase.

Cost effective, punctual and overall superb service. Thank you Matt.

Peter V. Sea Ray 240
July 2013
July 18th, 2013

A very friendly and exceptionally helpful service, I would definitely recommend them.

Rosie T. 43′ Narrow boat
June 2013
June 20th, 2013

I used engaged Matt to survey my boat on account of the good reviews that he has previously received.He undertook an extremely detailed survey, giving me a complete picture of the condition the entirety of my vessel was in. Providing me with the peace of mind needed for happy sailing with my family aboard.  Matt is friendly and a consummate professional,I would certainly recommend 

Greg Littlehampton
June 2013
June 7th, 2013

I was recommended to approach Matt West of Marine Surveys UK for a straight forward no nonsense survey when buying a boat recently.  Matt provided a competitive quotation based on a well-defined scope of survey which was carried out to suit the date that the boat was available.  Matt discussed the main findings of the survey with me immediately after the survey which were confirmed in a comprehensive written report within a few days.  I would certainly recommend his services to others.

anon, Cornish Shrimper, Emsworth,
November 2012
November 23rd, 2012

Matt West from Marine Surveys UK did a detailed and comprehensive survey on our boat (Maxum 2500 sports cruiser) before we purchased it. It enabled us to know exactly what we were letting ourselves in for and to adjust the purchase price accordingly. I would thoroughly recommend Matt if you need a marine survey carried out.

Gordon H reviewed Matt West
November 2012
November 17th, 2012

Matt surveyed two boats for me: a Sadler 34 which I’d owned for ten years and wanted checked and a year later a Maxi 1100 which I was buying. I was present when he surveyed the Sadler.

His reports were detailed, included pictures and were emailed within 24 hours. The reports described both necessary repairs (graded by importance) and guidance for future maintenance. He explained the significance of the comments during a subsequent telephone conversation. Prior to completion of purchase a few minor repairs were carried out on the Maxi (at the seller’s expense).

Excellent, comprehensive and prompt service.

November 10th, 2012

Thank you very much for the survey report. To me it was a very thorough and honest report.The detail in it will be most helpful to us in preparing the work plan for the coming months.

For you info, in light of the report we were able to negotiate a further £2000 off our previous offer and have gone ahead with the purchase.

Pete and Ros
Review October 2012
October 26th, 2012

Thank you for the very comprehensive yet easily understood survey on the HR31. I found the day valuable as I learnt so much on how the HR31 functions and its systems.

NS feed back on Hallberg-Rassy 31 survey
October 2012
October 19th, 2012

Matt did a very good job of the survey and picked up on things that we were able to resolve prior to purchase. He was very helpful and gave us good advice.We would certainly use his services again and are happy to recommend him.

Andy had a MacGregor 26M surveyed by Marine Surveys UK in October 2012
October 12th, 2012

We wouldn’t hesitate in recommending Matt. This was the first marine survey that we have been involved with.

Matt is professional and courteous putting us at ease throughout the procedure. He took time to explain everything that he was doing and did so in non technical terms. At the conclusion of the survey he held a full debrief ensuring we fully understood the findings.

We are now the proud owners of a new boat. Thank you.

David Tatlock
reviewed Marine Surveys UK on 13th September 2012
September 13th, 2012

We were very anxious about buying our boat after years of not sailing but Matt put our minds at rest with his friendly and professional manner.  He was very helpful and kept us informed every step of the way.  We felt reassured by him and in safe hands.   Matt West is lovely, friendly person and very good surveyor.  Thank you. 

Fulmar 32 surveyed. anon
September 2012
September 6th, 2012

As I live in York, I was in the undesirable position of purchasing my Ribeye 600 Playtime RIB unseen from Torquay. However the thorough and professional survey that Matt prepared gave me the reassurance I needed and I am very happy with the boat. 

David Lord
reviewed Marine Surveys UK 31st August 2012
August 31st, 2012

Matt surveyed Hunter Delta Delta Lady for us, and we were pleased that the assessment and advice he provided has proved to have been thorough and realistic. I’d be very happy to use his services in future.

Gavin Atkin Tonbridge
19 Jul 2012
July 19th, 2012
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