Testimonials Archives - Boat, Yacht & Marine Surveyors

Matt’s reports are very detailed, they’re written in plain English with a minimal of terminology to help myself (as a lay person) understand the issues at hand. He talked me through key areas on a couple of occasions to ensure I’d grasped the concerns raised and give me the opportunity to ask questions. His services are well priced and I’d recommend him to anyone thinking of buying a pleasure yacht on the South Coast.

Mike Ratcliffe
July 11th, 2011

Prompt efficient thorough pre sale survey.
Having not sailed for some years and never owned my own boat I was reliant on a honest survey which Matt gave me

Christopher George…
Cleator Moor
April 13th, 2011

Matt West is a very easy and pleasant person to deal with. The arrangements to meet up for him to carry out the insurance survey on my boat went very well and we both arrived at the meeting point early and the survey was completed by the time we had originally arranged to meet. The survey that Matt carried out was thorough as was the report he produced. He compiled the report immediately after the survey and I received a soft copy on the same day as the survey was carried out and a hard copy arrived in the post next morning. His rapid actions enabled me to get my boat insured within a few days of the survey being carried out for which I was grateful. I can highly recommend the services of Marine Surveys UK.

Peter Reeves
April 8th, 2011

Having been recommended by a couple of people I approached Matt at very short notice to conduct a survey on my boat . I found the level of service from him fantastic, doing exactly what he said he was going both on time and inspiring me with confidence. The survey that he produced the next day was easy to read and very in depth. I have no hesitation in recommending Matt from Marine Surveys UK.

Martin Grady
Hayling Island
March 22nd, 2011

I contacted the YBDSA for list of surveyors and from the list they provided, asked two for quotations for the work I wanted done. This was for a second opinion and detailed investigation of the condition of my hull. It’s not easy to make a good choice just from a web site and a review of their listed sales pitch! I selected Marine Surveys UK as they were fairly local, sounded OK and didn’t “over egg” the price – any other idea’s of how to do so apart from a recommendation?Matt worked hard and made several visits in order to work around the weather, did what I asked, provided much advice as we went round together and summarised with a written report. I would have no hesitation in recommending Matt West of Marine Surveys UK.

John Baldwin
February 2nd, 2011

Matt carried out a pre purchase survey on my Fisher 25 yacht.
The survey was thorough and Matt was very approachable and friendly. I had several questions after the survey and he was helpful and nothing was too much trouble. Even some time afterwards, he was helpful and readily gave his time answering further questions that arose. So very good after sales support.

Geoffrey Robins
February 1st, 2011

I was not present at the survey so I found it a nice touch that Matt offered to retouch the hull moisture test patches. The current owner was present, however, and was obviously impressed with the level of inspection undertaken, as he commented that he intended to use Marine Surveys for the survey of his next boat purchase.
The survey was undertaken within a few days of my request and a comprehensive report received in about 48 hours. I found the classification of findings into ‘recommendations’ and ‘need to do’ very useful.
Overall, very satisfied

bryan Taylor
January 31st, 2011

When assessing my first boat, a Sadler 29, I urgently needed a survey before winter set in and held up the purchase.

I sent out numerous emails to Marine Surveyors and Matthew West of Marine Surveys UK was the first to respond with a quotation which was inclusive of both travelling expenses and VAT. They were also able to commence work promptly.

Having seen previous copies of surveys of other boats for sale, I was surprised to receive a very comprehensive, concise and illustrated (with 30 photographs) 20 page Report detailing the current condition of the boat with recommendation of repairs that needed to be undertaken in order of priority.

I was extremely pleased with the thoroughness of the survey and the cost. Matt is quotation turned out to be very competitive. Consequently, I have no hesitation in recommending Marine Surveys UK to anyone requiring a comprehensive survey at a sensible price, in fact, I recommended him to the previous owner of my boat, who has since engaged Matt to survey his newest acquisition.

John F. Roden
January 4th, 2011

I was in the final stages of fulfilling a long held dream of buying a luxury houseboat to live on in London full time. There were issues around the sale that made me feel uneasy and I felt my inexperience was being exploited. I also had serious concerns over the viability of the steel lighter hull and the fact that the boat was in a very awkward mooring and couldn’t be moved to dry dock for ultrasonic testing. Matt gave me a great deal of unconditional advice and towards the end became quite the ‘agony aunt’. He went out of his way to research specific information and was consistently pleasant and professional. Matt helped me make the painful decision to walk away from the sale despite the fact I loved the boat. I wouldn’t hesitate to use Marine Surveys again or recommend them to anyone. I was so impressed that I paid Matt for his time although he didn’t expect me to.

Sarah King
December 22nd, 2010

″Pragmatic Surveys in plain English” is an excellent tag line. After the boatyard had told me my boat had osmosis Marine Surveys had a look and clearly explained what the bubbles were and gave excellent and pragmatic advice on what to do (wasn’t osmosis!). I will happily use them again.

Peter Hough
East Cowes
December 18th, 2010

I would have no hesitation in using marine surveys again or in recommending them, their service was exceptional and the price very competitive

Peter Oates
December 18th, 2010

The survey of my new boat was thorough and I was impressed with the attention to detail and the overall helpfulness of both it and the way Matt dealt with the few queries that did arise from it.

Adam Griffin
December 17th, 2010

I was recommednded by a third party for a yacht survey by Marine Surveys. I was buying a boat a long way from my home and had to trust the surveyor totally. I was very impressed by the level of service, the quality of service and the contact I had with Matt before, during and after the service.The boat has lived up to it’s survey and I would thoroughly recommend Marine Surveys.

Richard Whyley
October 14th, 2010

Very helpful and quickly carried out survey. Report very easy to understand and comprehensive, produced very quickly.

Robert Bramley
October 6th, 2010

The prepurchase survey of my yacht was done at the earliest opportunity. I was on site and the surveyor kindly included me in to his thoughts as the survey progressed. This importantly gave me an insight into the boats structure and systems.
The initial findings were communicated to me verbally, then in an email the next day after further research by the surveyor. The written report arrived in good time a few days later.
The recommendations advised were rectified under the further supervision of the surveyor up to the time of the yachts removal from the boatyard and before completion. The advice received was always very considerate and, as the survey itself, communicated in straightforward jargonfree language.

Andrew Butcher
October 5th, 2010

Marine Surveys UK provided a pre-purchase survey on a Cornish Crabber 24 for me. This my second major boat purchase so I knew what to expect. However in this instance I was most impressed with the quality and the detail provided, including many photographs to show or highlight the items being reviewed. A verbal report by telephone was provided in a comprehensive manner and their claim to use plain English was justified. The survey was also expedited very promptly allowing me to complete the purchase very quickly. I would happily recommend them.

Adrian Shield
October 4th, 2010
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