Marine Surveyor

Marine Surveyor


I provide comprehensive, independent marine surveys in Dorset, Hampshire and the South Coast, to help you make well-informed decisions about your purchase.

With over 30 years’ professional experience in the marine leisure-craft industry – including five years running a yacht-repair yard for a major marina in Poole, Dorset – I have an in-depth practical knowledge of both modern and traditional construction methods and materials, which is vital to the work of a marine surveyor.

As a Fellow Accredited Surveyor Member of the Yacht Designers & Surveyor’s Association (YDSA), you can be assured that my working practice and documentation are regulated by the UK’s longest established and trusted professional organisation.

I extend the same thorough and impartial service to all clients, from prospective boat owners to international insurance underwriters, and my large client-base of returning customers is testament to this.


You can find answers to some frequently asked questions below, many of which are covered further in Why have a Survey?


Frequently Asked Questions

What will a survey cost?
The cost depends on a number of things, but the main ones are its size (length and breadth), the material it is made of, its age (to some extent) and the type of survey. I only give prices in response to  specific requests, but a full structural survey on a typical 26’/  8 metre sailing yacht in this area will be from £300.00. Fill in a quotation form here. 

Will insurance companies accept your report?
Yes. I am a fully qualified YDSA surveyor and my reports will be accepted by all companies in the United Kingdom.

How do I arrange a survey?
Call or email me and I will send you a quote and order form by email or post, which covers my terms and conditions. I will then make the arrangements with the owner or broker (or of course with you if it an Insurance Survey).
Does the boat have to be ashore?
The boat has to be ashore for long enough to survey the hull, and the hull fittings (such as keels, stern gear, rudder and so on). For fibreglass (GRP) yachts this can usually be done held in slings for at least an hour. This is one of the points we can go over when you contact me. 

Does the boat have to be afloat at any time?
No, but the engine or engines cannot be run while ashore, unless an engineer is prepared to do so, the boat is safely supported so the vibration does not loosen props, and there is a supply of freshwater. Running the engines ashore helps to some extent to show that they will start and run evenly and without smoke, but it is not otherwise a very effective test of their mechanical state.
How should the boat be prepared for survey?
I have set out a few points at Survey Preparation. For pre-purchase surveys, you can leave the arrangements to the broker or seller. For insurance, the points are a guide, but I can usually work around yachts as I find them, as long as they are safely supported.
Does the yacht have to be ‘in commission’?
No, but if there are no batteries, for example, the electrics cannot be tested. For Insurance Surveys, it is quite accepted that boats will be laid-up in the winter, and they can be inspected ‘as and where lying’ without extensive work to reinstate them just for the survey. 
Do I need to be there when the boat is surveyed?
Not unless you want to be. It is always good to have a discussion beforehand about any points that you are particularly interested in, or to go over some of the findings at the end of the day. However, you don’t have to be there for the full process.
How long will it take to get the report?
It depends on the size of the yacht and the complexity of the findings, but I usually aim to get a report emailed by the end of the second day after the survey, but the formal target is four working days. You will also receive a printed original hard copy.



Call 01929 480064 or email Anthony Byrde to discuss your own requirements further