Sailboat Surveys

Past Marine Surveys on Sailboats

The majority of Yacht Surveys have been carried out for prospective owners prior to purchase, or in order to build a work schedule  for restoration. Kathleen has long experience of maintaining her own classic “Buchanan 11 tonner” timber racing yacht, which was maintained in  Lloyds +100A1 class for the 14+ years of her ownership.  For much of her time in practice, her Yacht Surveyor mentor and colleague George Reohorn MYDSA of BurryPort has, with his unequalled knowledge of traditional timber yachts, provided advice and additional expertise where necessary.  (If we don’t know the boat, we know a man who does!)  Click here to see george at work.

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J Class  yacht “Velsheda” in the Solent -late 1980’s


       Afloat once again;   1992 after hull- rebuild



               12 Metre “Flica” – in Sussex – 2009  


              “Skipjack of Hamble” in the 1980’s 



Pinky Ketch  “Naida” built, over a 13 year period



           Seadog Ketch Surveyed at Lydney 2008


Buchanan “Halcyon 27”  sloop under survey


                             Newbridge  “Corribee”



“Tasma”, built by  Luke Brothers of Hamble in 1897 for the then Governor of Tasmania. Entirely original apart from a relatively recent engine installation. The yacht is now owned by a member of the BCYC (British Classic Yacht Club) and will no doubt frequently be seen doing what she does best – looking pretty and sailing competitively amonst other attractive wooden yachts at classic events. 



                      A wooden John Welsford “Pathfinder Yawl” constructed by her owners.




 “Quest” A very pretty little 1930’s Hillyard  under survey. As the pictures show, Boat Surveys involve a certain amount of disruption, although most Marine Surveyors take pride in leaving the boat even tidier than they  found it.


This particular boat was found full of water up to the saloon berths and was pumped out and left properly ventilated by leaving the sole boards up and all lockers open after the survey. How much internal damage had been done to the engine in addition to the visible external rust is not known…

  The latest instrumentation and techniques are employed as required, to produce a complete and accurate report on each and every vessel surveyed. (although as George says, you can’t beat a “Mark1 eyeball!”)  However, it has to be said, that the ubiquitous small hammer still has its place in the Marine Surveyors toolkit, as does the scraper and the probe….

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