Customer Feedback and Testimonials

We encourage our customers to give feedback using an independent website, the link is below. Here are some of the unedited comments:

Sample of customer reviews of Marine Surveys UK

“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

We purchased our Dufour 36 from ‘Ancasta’ Chichester last April, and they recommended using Matt for our survey. We were travelling from Cardiff , and Matt was extremely helpful and easy to deal with. I attended for part of the survey, and he took time to talk me over the yacht andgave me a very detailed verbal description on the day. This was followed up naturally by a more detailed written report . Everything was dealt with very promptly , Matt was easy to contact throughout the process , and I would highly recommend his services .

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      

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

“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

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 

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

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

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 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

 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

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 

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

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
“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

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

“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

“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

“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

“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

“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
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When buying my boat, a Hunter Legend, in Swanwick (UK) from Belgium where I live, Matt West was of invaluable assistance in guiding me through the whole process. Not only in delivering a clear, professional survey with lots of pictures and advice on what should be fixed right away and what should get some attention later, but also how to prepare for negotiating a fair price with the broker. As a foreigner, having someone local you can trust, acting as your eyes and your ears and helping you to keep you with both feet on the ground, is an investment that’s worth every penny.  Joris Van Roy, Belgium December 2013
Hello Matt
 We instructed you to perform a survey on a boat that we were looking to purchase. Although I knew a little about boats but a little more about this boat in particular, I decided to use the services of a trained boat surveyor for peace of mind.
I found the initial contact with your company to the presentation of the survey report extremely pain free with absolutely everything organised by Marine Surveys UK and with exemplary communication throughout.
Your survey, testing and subsequent report was professional, in depth and very accurate.
Your findings, gave me the benefit of using it as a tool to both reduce the cost of the boat or get repairs carried out prior to the boats delivery.
The previous owner, although not impressed with the fact that he had to spend out on the repairs highlighted by you, was very impressed with your level of detail and testing and has kept your details to use your services when he buys his next boat. Our boat is now in her new home and we are very happy with her and in the knowledge that she has had a very thorough and detailed survey performed on her by a very knowledgeable and professional company.
May I wish you every success in 2014 and thank you very much for your services.
Kind regards Dave Duggan – New owner of the MVF Sahara. December 2013
I researched and contacted many Marine Surveyors to get a pre-purchase survey. Matt West from Marine Surveys UK stood out. Initial contact with Matt was extremely professional. As a new boat owner I was uncertain about what to expect. Matt provided a full detailed list of the inspection work and an example of a previous similar survey he had carried out. The detail and the helpful way his report was set out convinced me to engage him. And I was very pleased that I did. Thereport on my boat was of the exact excellent standard as his example. And better still was Matt’s prompt arrival at my prospective marina and the friendly and helpful way he talked me through all issues both good and troublesome. Being new to boating it was especially helpful to have someone like Matt who was happy to explain any points I was uncertain about. I would recommend him highly. John Daly December 2013
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

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

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

A very friendly and exceptionally helpful service, I would definitely recommend them. Rosie T. 43′ Narrow boat June 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 2103

“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

“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

“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 

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 

“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.

Bob, Twickenham”

“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 

“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

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

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

Richard Mills

19 Jul 2012Matt West conducted a very detailed survey of a 1970’s sailing vessel. I chose Matt because of his experience with a wide range of vessels and a knowledge of older boats. He was also recommended by a satisfied customer.
His survey, organised at short notice, gave a complete breakdown of the condition of the vessel and recommendations for repairs and improvements. I was particularly impressed by his thorough and professional manner.

Gavin Atkin

19 Jul 2012Matt 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.


The recent survey on my 1972 Albin 25 motor sailer carried out by Matt West of Marine Surveys UK was excellent.
Prior to meeting at the boat we had discussed the details of what I wanted from the survey. I found Matt very approachable and as the tag line states,’ Pragmatic Surveys in Plain English’ is a principle he followed prior to, during and after the survey. 
The survey report is detailed, understandable, laying down a series of defects, recommendations and most helpfully, suggestions as to solutions. 
I approached 3 surveyors prior to engaging Marine Surveys choosing them because of their reasonable fee and that they replied by return to my original approach.
Matt was working for about 3 hours, quietly, efficiently and without fuss. All in all very reassuring. I have no hesitation recommending him.
Clive Weedon
Medway, Kent 
May 2012

Paul Brading

16 May 2012I Debated whether to get one done but glad I did for peace of mind as I was spending alot of money!!
I was also very impressed of how thorough the survey was which was also assuring, that if there was something a miss then it would be found, I would reccomend marine surveys uk to any one looking at seding a lot of hard earned wages on a boat as the price of the survey is minimal compared to what it could cost if you dont.

Richard Stafford

27 Mar 2012I was very pleased at the professional yet easy friendly manner my survey was arranged. I found the final report thorough and easy to understand. Helpful advice and answers to my questions were all part of the service. I would certainly use them again.

Richard Biggs

13 Jan 2012A mst pleasant experience. Matt was friendly helpful and thorough


20 Sep 2011Matt, did a survey on our boat, we were very happy with the service he offered

Mark Easton
Hayling Island

21 Aug 2011Matt (at Marine Surveys) surveyed a Rival 32 for me during the summer of 2011. He was very thorough in every aspect and explained everything that I was unsure about in full detail. He was realistic about the boat in question and took account of the age and cost so that a fair survey was arrived at. I felt his friendly and no-nonsense approach helped me enormously in arriving at a decision to buy.I would recommend Matt and Marine Surveys without hesitation to anyone buying a boat. Its a small price to pay for getting some down-to-earth advice on the seaworthiness of your next boat.

Mike Ratcliffe

11 Jul 2011Matt’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.

Maurice Millen
The City

11 Jul 2011Marine Surveys produced an excellent survey on the boat I was planning to buy. Their survey was carried out with painstaking effort and diligence.Their report was extremely clear and easy to read. Most importantly their findings were ranked which made it easy to see what was of concern and what could be dealt with at a later stage. I was able to proceed with the purchase with great confidence in exactly what I was buying.Most importantly for me the survey was carried out with the minimum of fuss. Marine Surveys liaised with the brokers and the shipyard to ensure the boat was delivered to the right place, lifted and returned afterwards without any involvement from me.All round it was an extremely competent and comprehensive service which I have no hesitation in recommending.

Rex Barrett

11 Jul 2011Good insurance survey carried out. Matt was punctual, professional and friendly. Report arrived the next day. Would recommend

Richard Jay

11 Jul 2011I used marine Surveys for a pre purchase survey for my Sealine T60, i found the report easy to read comprehensive and informative and above all accurate.
I have also used Marine Surveys to manage work on the boat after unfortunately i managed to run it aground, they kept me informed and oversaw the repairs on my behalf.
I would definitely recommend Marine Surveys.

Mr Markus Ryan

11 Jul 2011I commissioned Mat to survey a Najad 380 I wanted to buy in Italy. Mat arranged his flight and carried out the survey in one day, the service was fantastic and he gave a very clear concise survey which was both informative and gave me a clear way forward with the sale, Matt was more than happy to talk through the report with me on a number of occasions on the telephone over a number of days which was much appreciated as well. I would like to add that I contacted a number of surveyors who were either not interested in surveys overseas or very expensive. I have used Mat since for my tonnage survey and also he has many contacts in the industry that he can put you in touch with. I recommend him without reservation.

Stephen Sharp

11 Jul 2011Very thorough, reasonably priced and friendly service. Would happily use again.

Christopher George…
Cleator Moor

13 Apr 2011Prompt 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

Peter Reeves

8 Apr 2011Matt 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.

Martin Grady
Hayling Island

22 Mar 2011Having 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.

John Baldwin

2 Feb 2011I 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.

Geoffrey Robins

1 Feb 2011Matt 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.

bryan Taylor

31 Jan 2011I 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

John F. Roden

4 Jan 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�s 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.

Sarah King

22 Dec 2010I 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.


Peter Oates

18 Dec 2010I would have no hesitation in using marine surveys again or in recommending them, their service was exceptional and the price very competitive


Peter Hough
East Cowes

18 Dec 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.


Adam Griffin

17 Dec 2010The 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.

 Mike Riley 28th October 2011 Very reasonably priced. Prompt and efficient service. Very pragmatic survey and report on an older boat. 

Richard Whyley

14 Oct 2010I 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.



Robert Bramley

6 Oct 2010Very helpful and quickly carried out survey. Report very easy to understand and comprehensive, produced very quickly.



Andrew Butcher

5 Oct 2010The 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.


Della Phillips

4 Oct 2010Buying our first yacht was a very big commitment and Matthew West from Marine Services was an enormous help to us. Because of the urgency of our survey, he dropped everything for us at short notice, was very thorough, not at all rushed, in fact he explained every little detail to us and showed us practical tips on how to do work on the hull and general tips. We were very pleasantly surprised at how friendly and helpful he was and made our purchase that much more enjoyable. We would definitely recommend him (in fact we have already) to others! When the time comes to buy our next yacht, we will be calling upon him again. Many thanks, Della and Sean Phillips


Adrian Shield

4 Oct 2010Marine 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.

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