Survey of a Beneteau Swift Trawler 34 in Darthaven Marina, Devon

A fantastic layout for easy berthing and comfortable cruising.  Surveyed well with only minor defects noted - lack of hull anode causing de-zincification/pitting on the P Bracket being one of them.

Buyers Comments: 'Hello Roger. Thank you very much for your time and advice last week and for your report. All very helpful.
I'm going back to Ancasta today on the various issues which I hope can be resolved very quickly'

Survey of a Jeanneau Prestige 36 in Darthaven Marina, Devon.


Our yacht surveyor in Dartmouth takes a Jeanneau Prestige 36 out of Darthaven Marina on the Dart in Devon for sea trials.  The twin Volvo KAMD 300-A's performed well pushing the boat over 28knots with 3900rpm achieved with Wide Open Throttles.  The compressors (superchargers) cut in and out at the expected 1500rpm and 2800rpm easily getting the 'hole'.

Buyers Comments: 'Thank you very much for your comprehensive survey report on '.........'.

Yacht Survey of a 2008 Beneteau Oceanis 46

Recently we performeded a boat survey on a Beneteau Oceanis 46 in Chichester Marina.  Now superceeded by the Beneteau Oceanis 45 the 46 surveyed well, with only some usual issues arising :- e.g. seacocks and Blistering on the rudder.

Buyers Comments: 'Roger - thanks - I have limited comms today - any show stoppers?'

Yacht Survey on a refitted Van De Stadt Victory 40

We are experts in our field; however when it comes to the Van De Stadt design Victory 40 / Trintella IV we have unparralleled experience as our principal yacht surveyor owns one!

Clients Comments: 'Hi Roger Many thanks for the report, it is excellent - much appreciated !'

Survey on a Meridian 31 Motorsailer in Noss Marina, Devon.

Buyers Comments: 'It was a great pleasure to meet you, also, and thank you very much for a most interesting and comprehensive survey. Having been in the business for some 4-5 years, as I outlined to you, I have seen many surveys conducted, including that when I sold my Centaur, and have,unfortunately gained a rather cynical view of your profession; a view that you have managed to completely reverse in the course of a single day! You have pointed up a number of areas which I wouldn't have even considered and I shall take great care to ensure that all your recommendations are carried out to the letter.  I will certainly contact you if any queries arise during the refit process and may well call on you to inspect the work and make any additional recommendations when the boat is at Hayling Yacht Co.In the meantime, thank you again for attending so promptly and for your efficiency in producing the report and valuation; I shall most certainly recommend you to anyone who enquires!

With kind regards, Tony and Rosie

Survey on a Meridian 31 Motorsailer in Noss Marina, Devon.

We provided a survey report for a Norweigan on a Windy Ghibli.  The craft was on its way back to Norway where she was originally built.

Survey on a Meridian 31 Motorsailer in Noss Marina, Devon.

Recently surveyed a beautiful yacht, built by Tideway Boat Construction in Salcombe along the lines of a traditional working boat designed by Barry Pritchard.

Yacht Surveys on Boats by David and Martin Sadler.

We have recently had a straight run of routine insurance surveys on Sadlers.  A Sadler 25 in Birdham Pool followed by a Sadler 32 in Chichester Marina which were designed by David Sadler and then a late build (1992) unsinkable Sadler 29 designed by Martin Sadler which was the best 20 year old boat we have seen to date.

Interstingly the run was then followed by a pre-purchase survey on an old Contessa 26 in our other base Dartmouth which was based on a folkboat designed by David Sadler and built by Jeremy Rodgers now based in Lymington.  On the subject of Contessa's a friend of ours has just made a documentary on the Contessa 32. The preview can be seen on YouTube and can be purchased on Ebay 'A British Yachting Icon, Contessa 32' made by Chilli Pepper TV.  It includes interviews with David Sadler now living in New Zealand and Jeremy Rodgers MBE and is an interesting watch for owners and admirers of the Contessa 32.

Using the Sealift in Haslar Marina in Gosport for a Yacht Survey

We have recently surveyed an old Westerly Cirrus on the Sealift in Haslar Marina.  It proved to be a very efficient way of lifting the boat.  The main advantages are no chance of putting a sling on the prop shaft or propeller.

Client buying a Southerly 105 Subject to Survey

Pre-purchase Boat survey at Hayling Island Yacht Company, Hayling Island

Main Survey Findings: Large lateral movement of keel when fully lowered.  Worn pivot pin and bearing housing, probably caused by leaking ram allowing the keel to lower into mud when tide rising.  Also heavily leaking face seal and dangerous gas installation, amongst a long list of more routine recommendations.

Follow Up:  Sale fell through but owner in possession of the survey, rectified faults including a full keel removal and refurbishment of the bearing and housing. The craft is now used as a teaching boat for a charity in the Solent.

Client buying a 320 Sundancer Subject to Survey

Boat Survey in Holland
Main Survey Findings: Minor recommendations, imported boat from the States needing CE Marking.

Client buying a 320 Sundancer Subject to Survey

Pre-purchase Boat survey at Dell Quay

Main Survey Findings: A good example of its type, much of usual work needed had been addressed, keel bolt backing plates, keel stub web, new engine, new rudder tube, new fuel tank.   Recommendations were generally to do with pipework and unfortunately the craft had osmotic blistering.  Owner and buyer present during the survey.

Follow Up:  Sale re-negotiated to reflect osmosis treatment needed in the future.  50/50 on quoted price is often the compromise accepted by both parties. Owner was not aware the craft had osmotic blistering - it's not always obvious, but the fact that we, with the buyer's permission showed him the blistering (mainly between the keels) undoubtedly helped the private sale.  No hard feelings from the seller as has instructed RP Marine Surveys to conduct survey of his next boat a Westerly Konsort in Gillingham Kent.

Client buying a Beneteau 423 Clipper 2005 Model.  Subject to Survey

Pre-purchase Boat survey at Swanick Marina, Southampton

Main Survey Findings: Boat required a new rudder bearing. More worryingly the hose tail fitting on the raw water lubrication pipe for the stern gland had completely dezincified and sheared off under examination.  This has been  noted on other models of beneteau of a similar age and the hose tail fitting are of a inferior grade of bronze - most likely they are made of tonval.  Further there were chaffed fuel line due to poor routing on installation.


Laura & Phil

Najad 361 Survey, Dartmouth Devon - boat being sailed back to New Zealand.

Hi Roger, We just wanted to say thank you for allowing us to go through the survey with you a few weeks ago. Your patience and advice were invaluable.We're off to pick up Lufi finally today and can't wait to get stuck in! Thanks again!




Bavaria 40, Dartmouth


Dear Roger, I must thank you for a very professional report on XXXXX and more so for the time you have taken over and above discussing the various issues with this yacht.

While I appreciated the issues are repairable, the cost of doing so to the correct standard soon mounts up, the turning point in the deal for me, was once I got the vendor to accept the issues reported he would not reduce the price to allow the work to be completed by Darthaven as you recommended, but wanted to repair the yacht himself!   I think this answered the questions of why there were so many issues with this yacht! If he is the marine engineer he reports to be why did he not attend to them before, this then started to raise doubt in my mind about this yacht so in the end I was relived to walk away. Following all this he asked again for your report so he could see what he needed to attend to before the next person had a survey!

I take away from this a very positive learning curve in buying a yacht and again thank you for your assistance



Vancouver 34 Insurance Survey, Dartmouth, Devon

Hi Roger
Great to meet you too. Thank you again for coming down on a Sunday, it is much appreciated. It was interesting and very instructive to talk through things as they arose. I hope that it wasn't too much of a pain having me looking over your shoulder.I thought your report was very clear, fair and well presented. I will send it on to GJW and take it from there. In the meantime I'll get on with the hoses, fire extinguishers and cleats/fairleads.  If I were to proceed with the Welsh Nauticat 43 what would your price be for a pre-purchase survey ......
Kind regards




Nauticat 43 Survey, Neyland, Wales

Hi Roger
Thank you for all your hard work on that. It is an epic tome! I've spoken to the broker and discussed various ways forward. I'm putting off until Monday a decision on what to do but I got the distinct impression that there could be movement on the price based on proper in-the-water testing of the engine. I may still go ahead if the price is right, fool that I am. .... 
Kind regards




Beneteau Antares 42, Brighton Marina (Boat bought unseen - shipped to Hong Kong)

Hi Roger
Thank you for the survey, it was comprehensive and well presented.  I was wondering if you would be willing to act as my agent to take delivery of the vessel ......
Kind regards




Beneteau Swift Trawler 34 Survey, Dartmouth, Devon

Hello Roger
Thank you very much for your time and advice last week and for your report. All very helpful ..... so all we need now is a good weather window in the New Year. In the meantime Freya is back at Dart Marina and Dave is keeping his eye on her.  Merry Christmas to you and your family.
Kind regards




Contessa 32 Insurance Survey, Weir Quay

Dear Roger
Thank you very much for your thorough examination of Metula and for your detailed and helpful report which is very professionally worded. I shall not hesitate to recommend you in future.
Kind regards



Brig 645 Survey, Wolf Rock, Devon (buying unseen boat transported to Ireland)

Delighted - superb- you were correct- I'm not disappointed. Ring you shortly.




Sealine F46 Survey, Dartmouth Devon

You are a star - many thanks for getting this done so quickly with no notice - really appreciate your support - Gone through the report and delighted with the thorough & quality of the work 
Many thanks



Mark, Lieutenant Commander Royal Navy

Feeling 286 Survey,Plymouth

Thank you for the prompt and very comprehensive report.
I am going to push ahead with the purchase of the boat as there is nothing there that worries me, and as I am sure you can guess I can do the majority of the work myself.
Many thanks for you time with the survey, I was very impressed by the thoroughness of it and the report, and I will be recommending your services.
Best regards,



Elan Impression 344 Survey, Chichester

Hi Roger
Many thanks for a thorough, and very instructive survey today. Head is still reeling and I will have to hit the manuals!
I look forward to seeing your full report.
Best Regards



Merry Fisher Survey, Baltic Wharf, Totnes (Cambridge University Proffessor's first boat)

Dear Roger
Thanks for that. I've done a bit of homework since my previous message, and can see that this is indeed largely routine maintenance.
Your report was very clear and helpful, so many thanks. And you should have received my bank transfer!




Survey of Bowman 46, Exeter followed immediately by Nicholson 40AC in Beaulieu (Barrister gently let down on his 1st dream boat and consequently helped to find another dream boat)

Morning Roger,
I trust you to are up early writing glowing things about Sea Thyme. It was a good few days wasn't it - I learnt a load thank you.   I am off to the boat today to meet the owner and to sign various things.I have completed your contract and find myself thoroughly stitched up again!   I have sent the money. I take it the Bowman's owner's partner, was realistic - nice chap when I spoke to him.   Hard news to take when you find your boat is terminally ill.   Let me know if and when you find outs where GRP boats go to when they die.   Is there a massive landfill site somewhere do you think?  Anyway many thanks, you undoubtedly saved me a nightmare and a fortune in both time and money and I am very grateful.   Job well done. Keep in touch.
Warm regards.



Paul & Sue

Survey Sealine SC35 Brixham

Dear Roger,
I am in receipt of your excellent survey - I have to say that it is most thorough and informative, and be assured that I will be delighted to recommend your services in future. The engine report has revealed a few minor issues (breather hoses and cooler covers) which will be resolved. I have also decided to replace the left leg bellows as well as the right whilst it's out of the water and to keep things 'in synch'. Thanks once again and very kind regards




Southerly 100 Survey, Dartmouth Devon

Many thanks, Roger. Seems very comprehensive. I'm keen to go ahead.
Best wishes




Beneteau Oceanis 381 Clipper, Dartmouth, Devon

Thanks, that's pretty comprehensive! Nicely presented too. Do you think I could be cheeky and request a copy of the photos you took? I can't extract them from the PDF. 




LM 27 Yacht Survey Brixham, Torbay, Devon

Hi Roger
Just a quick word to say ‘thank you' for your very detailed report and also that we are now the proud owners of the boat.




Arvor 230 Survey Blackness Marine, River Dart

Hi Roger
Thank you for that full and educating survey. Haven't got any questions concerning the Boat, but waiting on the others to go through it. But for now thanks for your professional service.




Sealine S41 Survey, Dartmouth

Roger - all as discussed on Thursday, excellent report - Thanks again for all you knowledge and professionalism




Westerly Pentland Survey, Brixham

Hi Roger, 
Really enjoyed meeting you too and grateful for the time you took explaining things to me. Good to meet another ex glider flyer at that! Report looks excellent and really helpful. It will come as no surprise that I am buying the boat, and hopefully by Easter time I should have her round in Falmouth and I look forward to many hours, days, months, sailing her. May be you will spot me up Diddisham during the season, if so, come and say hello.
Many thanks for your help




Hallsberg Rassy 94 Kutter,  Dartmouth

Dear Roger,
I have now had the time to read your report and very good it is too.
Thank you very much. I have no particular questions, she is very much as I expected, though I am , of course, grateful that you found no nasty surprises.
Many thanks and my kind regards




Alan Hill Designed Coaster 33 South Coast

Many thanks for the report Roger - and I'm sorry that you had to conduct the survey in such appalling weather. Further to our discussion this morning on the basis of your findings we have now pulled out of the purchase of ‘XXXXXXX'.  I have shared the conclusions page with the owner, but haven't released the report - they didn't seem too interested so I didn't bother. I did mention this morning that I had a couple of small queries with the report but as they have become irrelevant and I haven't shared the full report I won't worry any further, unless the owners come back.  Also as mentioned, we are now looking at another vessel, which I will write to you separately on shortly.Thanks again for your assistance and endurance!
Kind regards




Trintella IV for sale in Holland

Dear Roger,
It occurred to me yesterday that I hadn't contacted you since we spoke or since I received the survey you did on XXXXX in Holland. Having read it through in some detail, I was generally very satisfied with the boat's condition and all that you said about it. I negotiated a hefty discount on the price which I thought was satisfactory and completed payment yesterday. I'm spending time aboard soon attending to some of the vital works, the yard in Brouwershaven are doing the lion's share. With fair winds and a bit of luck we will be bringing her back to her new berth in the UK during the Easter weekend. I will be in touch once she is here and we could share a drink aboard to celebrate. Many thanks for a great job.
Best Wishes




Fisher 34, Drivers Wharf, Southampton.

Hi Roger,
Just a short note by way of an update since we last spoke.  We did indeed go ahead with the purchase of Mallard following your endorsement on the vessel.  We have a fortnight to sail her back to our home port, Burnham-on-Crouch, and have plans to visit a number of places around the Solent and the south coast - no fixed plan as of yet and much will depend on weather of course. If you're around anywhere over the next week let us know and we'll see if we can meet up for a beer.  If we don't get to meet I would like to thank you again for your assistance in finding the right vessel.
Kind regards




Westerly Centaur Insurance Survey, Baltic Wharf, Totnes

Thank you Roger. I'm pleased you started off with the good bits.... actually, it doesn't make too terrifying reading. I've booked a rigging inspection and will talk to Dave next time I'm at the yard.
Best wishes and thanks again



Mel and Peter

Moody 35 pre-purchase survey,  Dartside Quay - River Dart

Dear Roger,
Thank you very much for your help with all the queries on Wednesday and the excellent report and for getting back with it so quickly. It will be a really useful reference point in terms of future work.




Regal 28 Survey Paignton, Devon

Many thanks for an excellent report and valuation. It was a pleasure spending part of the day with you and I will certainly recommend you to others.


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Pre-Purchase Survey of a Contessa 32 in Dartmouth

Dear Roger

I am pleased with your extensive report and will attend to all of your recommendations over the coming months. Like the MOT for cars this survey highlights matters, that, for safety, need attention.

When I have re-read your report again there may be a couple of questions that I would like help with so will come back to you in due course.

Regards & thank you.



Alastair & Cheryl

Jeanneau Sun Odyssey 54DS Pre-purchase survey 

Hi Roger,

I wanted to thank you for the survey you undertook for us recently, and to let you know how things are going. We are proceeding with the purchase, with the seller putting in another £15k or so of work to bring the boat up to scratch (full re-rigging, new batteries x10, bilge pump - more than 20 items in all). We have you to thank for that. And with your additional observations and suggestions for remedial work in the coming years, we feel we have a good handle on what is to come.

Good news: we sent the sails off to a local loft for cleaning and inspection - the sails have some grease stains from an over-lubricated mast, and a little Sahara sand staining from sitting in the mast “almost unused since new". Thus with the patching of the stained area, we have sails that the sail loft say are of high quality (for cruising) and fit for "maybe 10 years of careful cruising use". We couldn’t believe our luck!

Thanks again for your comprehensive report and followup discussion, we are delighted with the outcome and couldn’t be happier with your help.

Best wishes


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Insurance Survey of a Feeling 286 in Saltash Sailing Club

Thanks again for you time, I will gladly recommend you to fellow club members so do remember to pop some card in if you are passing.

Kind regards


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