Boat Legal Yacht & Boat Surveys

Call us on 01424 -486000 to book your marine surveyorestiFmonials

  • Boat Legal marine surveyors are IIMS and/or YDSA accredited.                              

      The IIMS is the international body which sets standards and training for marine surveyors from the smaller boat or yacht specialist to supertankers. The YDSA is the  is the UK benchmark for professional standards of marine surveying for yachts and smaller boats. Both organizations apply rigorous requirements for full membership, assessing professional competence over several years.  

    Specialist yacht and boat surveys: By centrally managing our operations, we are able to provide the widest range of expertise for boat and yacht purchasers at the the most competitive rates available - see the table below. Our surveyors are also field specialists with individual expertise across a wide range:our south coast surveyor Peter Wallis, IIMS, YDSA (our central south coast surveyor) is an MCA coding surveyor as well Class and Tonnage surveys. Peter is also widely experienced in Multihulls (class specialist for the Dragonfly); steel and wooden boat construction and of course, the more common GRP vessels. Graham Whittington MIIMS, MIMEST  is our Marine Engineering specialist, and has developed surveying specialisms in Ferro and working boats and traditional motor and sailing yachts.Graham is both a qualified marine engineer and experienced yacht surveyor. Christopher Green LLB MIIMS, is the legal specialist for Boat Legal. Legal surveying services include expert witness statements and evidence collation for arbitration; insurance and litigation. He is also small yacht and boat surveyor and has 20 years experience in the leisure marine industry.

    Marine engine & mechanical surveys - our marine engine specialist Graham Whitington is a qualified marine engineer (and accredited IIMS surveyor) with over 30 years experience of everything from large TSDY motor yachts and fishing vessels to compact inboard or outboard auxiliary configurations. Compression testing, performance analysis, transmission and gearbox reports are available as part of a normal survey, or as an individual report.

    Small boat surveys - The wide experience base available means you get a surveyor with experience in the type of boat for which you need a survey - whatever the construction type, hull material, size or class. So whether you are buying a classic wooden sloop, a GRP multi-hull,  a motor yacht or MFV you will have a surveyor with the credentials for the job and experience of the type of vessel being surveyed. 

    Customer service - 
    Our clients are  important and we will go the extra mile to deliver the highest standard of professional service in the time scale you require, at the most competitive rate. There will always be someone at the end of a phone to deal with your needs. If changes need to be made we have a flexible approach and understand when plans need to be re structured. 

    To book a marine survey, select the contact/enquiries link from the menu on the left to contact us by phone or to email an enquiry. 

    Use the cost calculator below to estimate your boat survey cost

    Type of Surveyper foot *
     £ x LOA
    ACondition / Insurance / pre-purchase 

     1 --GRP/FRP and epoxy composite hulls

     2  -- Wood, steel, and ferro cement....................12.50
    Including engine test.......................+1.50
    Damage / expert witness reports...................14.00 (or agreed fee)
    Vessels under 18 feet ......................
    Call for estimate
    multiplyLength x Beam (in feet)
    Vessels over 40ft reduced by £1 per ft
    MCA Commercial Coding surveys..................Call for estimate

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    *Subject to confirmation

    Some recent client work Testimonials available
  • Import /project management refit - Regal 3350 total refit  engines-electrics- equipment - RCD/CE compliance.
         Buying agent for Squadron 54 motor yacht UK
  • International boat purchase - Swan 48 Import from Germany to Norway

  • RCD Compliance
  • Regal 3350 - UK Import - refit
  • Bayliner Ciera (UK import)al
  • Dispute resolution:

  • assistance in dispute between owner and marina over boat damage liability (Sunseeker 50)

  • Ownership dispute over part share in vessel 

  • Ownership and liability dispute - vessel left in possession of client on purchased property - former owner claimed financial reimbursement 

  • Insurance dispute over fouled propeller damage on sailing boat - IOW.ID

  • ADR  

  • Dispute over work schedule on motor yacht refit - Hayling Island, Hampshire

  • Used motor yacht contract dispute between purchaser and professional boat supplier - Shoreham, West Sussex

  • Professional dispute over work carried out to motor yacht transmission system - Brighton, East Sussex
D      Surveys: Motor and Sail

         Princess 33 (motor yacht) Portsmouth Hampshire
         Jenneau 37 GRP (sailing yacht) Portsmouth, Hampshire
         Nicholson 40 GRP (sailing yacht) Dover, Kent
  • Moody 37 GRP (sailing yacht) Suffolk
  • Atalanta 26 (classic yacht) Rye, East Sussex 
  •  Jeanneau 351 GRP (sailing yacht) Gosport , Hampshire
  • Bayliner Ciera (motor boat), Surrey
  • Classic carvel classic (wooden sailing boat) IOW
  • Squadron 54 GRP (motor yacht) (Tonnage survey and contract agency) , Hamble, Hampshire
  • Westerly Discuss GRP (sailing yacht) Portsmouth, Hampshire
  • Hunter Channel 32 GRP (sailing yacht) Lymington, Hampshire
  • Rinker 242 (fishing boat) Eastbourne, East Sussex
  • Colvic 8m MFV (fishing boat) Ramsgate, Kent
  • Heavenly Twins (Catamaran) Brighton, East Sussex  
  • Atalanta 26(classic yacht) Shoreham by Sea West Sussex
  • International
  • Swan 48 Hamburg (contract agency)
  • Lagoon 38 Catamaran (expert witness /dispute resolution)
  • Expert witness - (contract dispute UK designers v Overseas Builder)

    • UK Marine surveys cover the following locations:

    • Essex, UK;  England, United Kingdom;  Hampshire, UK;  Littlehampton, West Sussex, UK;  Southampton, Hampshire, UK;  Lymington, UK;  Brighton, East Sussex,  Eastbourne UK; Hamble, Southampton, and locations within 20 miles;  Newhaven East Sussex, UK; Hastings; Bexhill;  Rye East Sussex, UK;  Fareham, UK;  Bursledon, Southampton, UK;  East Sussex, UK;  Portsmouth, UK;  Kent, UK;  Shoreham, West Sussex, UK;  Chichester, West Sussex, UK;  West Sussex, UK;