What We Do
Pre-purchase Full-Condition Surveys, on classic timber yachts and traditional GRP yachts, motor yachts and power boats.Insurance condition reports and Valuations for Marine Insurance & finance.
Damage Reports for insurance – resulting from accident or storm-damage.
Classic Boat Restoration-Assessment in order to build a work schedule and costings for re-building of classic or traditional vessels.
We survey modern GRP yachts prior to purchase and we provide advice and recommendations on the suitability of a particular yacht for your specified purpose. We work closely with our clients and their vendors to assist in the best possible outcome for our clients. Our job is to report on the condition and suitability of a particular yacht in an unbiased manner.
Construction and Repair Supervision; on classic, timber, steel and GRP vessels.
Sea-trials and Engine Trials of new and used vessels
Yacht Deliveries. Delivery of sailing and Power vessels from UK to Europe and the Med.
What is a Marine Survey and why should you commission one?
It’s your life and your Money that you are investing in your boat. Not having a boat surveyed before you purchase could prove to be a costly mistake. Before you purchase a boat. A marine survey should be carried out by a qualified, diligent, intelligent and forthright surveyor, for the purpose of determining the vessel’s current condition and seaworthiness.
Survey objectives. A survey should determine if the vessel is safe to use in conditions for which it was designed, and what maintenance and repairs are required, or are likely to be required in the near future.
Don’t leave it to chance. Most buyers are not experienced enough, or mechanically inclined to a point where they can make an adequate evaluation on their own, without professional and expert advice. Even those who are qualified benefit immensely from a second professional, cold and unbiased opinion.
Why Use Us
Our Marine Survey Practice was started in 1989 by Kathleen (Kathy) Kilbey I.Eng MRINA.A full member of RINA since 1992, Kathleen Kilbey has personally surveyed in excess of 2,000 timber boats and some 3,000 GRP and Steel, Ferro, alloy and composite vessels, since commencing her surveying career in the mid 1980’s. Thus Kathy is one of the most experienced timber and traditional boat surveyors around.
A lifelong sailor, Kathy Kilbey is herself an experienced Yacht skipper (30+ years) and holds RYA Yachtmaster and ICC certification for both power and sailing leisure vessels up to 24 metres / 65ft LOA (80 tons GT).
Kathy Kilbey also had many years experience of maintaining her own classic “Buchanan 11 tonner” timber racing yacht, “Sinbad of Abersoch” which was kept in Lloyds +100A1 class during her 14 year ownership. During that era Sinbad, skippered by Kathy, competed in many RORC ocean racing events, including the Fastnet Race in 1989. Our other practice associates are all keen and experienced sailors and motor-boaters.