Boat survey links

Whether you want a boat survey or yacht survey I am here to help. You can always ring me to discuss your plans on 07765 352 364. For more general questions, these are the sites of companies and organisations I find good for sourcing boats and equipment, or for general information and advice.

General
 
http://www.ybdsa.co.uk/
The Yacht Designers and Surveyors Association is the main professional standards organisation for UK marine surveyors. Their site will help you deal with all aspects of buying and selling a boat.
http://www.bmse.co.uk/
I'm one of a group of surveyors from right across the UK who trained at the International Boatbuilding Training College at Lowestoft. We have a wide range of experience across the marine industry and share information to improve the service we give to our customers.
http://www.mcga.gov.uk/c4mca/mcga07-home
The Coastguard is the first stop for information on safety regulations, ship registration and advice for commercial and pleasure boat users.
http://www.rya.org.uk
The Royal Yachting Association represents the interests of everyone who goes boating for pleasure. Best source of information on training, qualifications and regulations.
http://www.classicboat.co.uk/cb/home.htm
Classic Boat is the original UK traditional boat magazine. Part of the Yachting and Boating World Group, the website links to the other main UK boat press titles and also has a good equipment and services directory.
http://www.boatdesign.net/
A US based discussion and information forum, good for detailed answers and advice if you are repairing or fitting out.
http://www.woodenboat.com/wbmag/index.html
Also US based, probably started the resurgence in classic boats in the mid '70's. Good for advice on any aspect of wood construction.
http://www.brightonmarina.co.uk/brighton_on_water.asp
UK's biggest marina. Best place for haul out and repair work in East Sussex.
http://www.canaljunction.com
This site is packed with information for narrow boat owners ­ advice on engines, builders and holidays.
http://www.stchallenge.org
Challenge is the world's last remaining sea going steam tug. Moored at Shoreham and currently undergoing a refit by volunteers (including me on occasions), she is waiting for a Heritage Lottery Funding grant decision to get her boiler into working order.
http://intheboatshed.net
What it says on the tin. A mass of information on designing, building and using traditional boats. Top site!
 
Equipment suppliers
 
http://www.blakespaints.com
I've seen Blakes paints and resins used by repair yards more often than any others.
http://www.wessex-resins.com/
West resin systems are the main epoxy suppliers for marine use. I tried various types when I was in the boatbuilding industry and found these the best.
http://marinestore.co.uk
There are several internet chandlers out there. These people have a good range and a fast website.
http://www.betamarine.co.uk/
Beta marinise a range of industrial diesels and offer the best value for up tp 100hp engines.
http://www.classicmarine.co.uk/
Classic Marine is a fast supplier of a wide range classic boat gear at reasonable prices. The website has a pages of useful information and advice.
http://www.toplicht.de/Home.html
You need to read German but if you need traditional boat gear and can't find it anywhere else, these guys will probably have it.
http://www.jimmygreen.co.uk/
Well known and long established source of ropes, chains, fenders ­ anything to do with rigging and ground tackle.
http://www.calormarineshop.co.uk/
Good for advice on the safe installation of gas appliances.
 

I hope that you have found the information on our website useful and informative. If you have any specific boat survey or yacht survey questions, or you would like to know more about how yacht surveyors work, please use the enquiry form or call me direct on 07765 352 364.