Sailing Yacht Surveys


We carry out all types of surveys, the most popular being pre-purchase.

Buying a boat is an exciting time and you can get caught up in the romance of it all. Our role is to  assist you in the purchase, look at the boat without the rose tinted specs and help you deciding if you want to proceed with the purchase, bearing in mind the valuation and condition of the craft that you are considering.

Matt West has been in the sailing industry since 1985, working on small yachts as engineer and skipper and then working with yacht builders on the specifications of sailing boats, checking the construction in the factory and working with the owners and operators over the life of the boats reviewing what works and what doesn’t. He is well qualified to help you through the purchase of your used boat. Normally you would be welcome to attend , but currently that is not possible unless for a brief period.

Matt West, Boat Surveyors,  MAJORITY of the focus is on the structural condition of the hull and deck and fabrication plus items relating to the safe use of the boat. We go through the boat, into every locker, nook and cranny and inspect everything, and then we  provide a detailed written report on the condition of the craft. We will then discuss any aspect of the report to ensure you understand what has been written. Nautical and technical terms are restricted or tailored to you personally.

(Example Yacht Survey report)

Scope of survey Pre-purchase Steel or alloy Sail boat Jan 2015

Scope of survey Pre-purchase GRP Sail boat November 2018

Hull, Deck and Structure

  • Details of Subject Vessel (General Description, Dimensions, Registration)
  • Keel
  • Hull below Waterline
  • Topsides above Waterline incl Rubbing Strake etc.
  • Deck Moulding
  • Coach Roof
  • Cockpit
  • Hull/Deck Join
  • Bulkheads/Structural Stiffening including Internal Mouldings


  • Spars
  • Standing Rigging
  • Running Rigging
  • Sails and Covers etc.


  • Navigation Lights
  • Bilge Pumping Arrangements
  • Firefighting Equipment
  • Lifesaving and Emergency Equipment


  • Engine and Installation
  • Fuel System

Accommodation and On Board Systems

  • Accommodation General
  • Gas Installation
  • Fresh Water Tanks and Delivery
  • Heads
  • Electrical Installation
  • Electronic and Navigation Equipment
  • Heating and refrigeration

On Deck

  • Main Companionway and other Accesses to Accommodation
  • Ports Windows etc.
  • Pulpit, Stanchions, Pushpit, Lifelines & Jackstays
  • Rigging Attachment Points
  • Ground Tackle and Mooring Arrangements
  • Other Deck Gear and Fittings
  • Davits and Boarding Ladders

Steering, Stern Gear, and Skin Fittings etc.

  • Rudder and Steering
  • Stern Gear
  • Cathodic Protection
  • Skin Fittings and other through Hull Apertures
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Matt West Boat Surveyor
Tel: +44 (0)7798 55 45 35

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