'Richard has surveyed a number of vessels for me, and I must say the advice and the service have been second to none. Had it not been for their professionalism and skill I would have paid good money where I should not. I cannot thank them enough'.

Tom Jones

Pre-Purchase Survey
Jeaneau Fantasia

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'Once again, thank you for your help and professionalism, I would not hesitate to use your services again or recommend you to others'.
Matt Hart

Pre-Purchase Survey
Karnic 2050

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'Thanks for a very professional survey'.
John Trim
Insurance Survey
Albin Vega

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Principal Qualified Yacht Surveyor

Qualified Yacht Surveyor Richard Cray Beng (Hons), MIIMS, DipMarSur is a UK Independent Marine Surveyor.  Our Marine Surveyors business is based on the South Coast in Hampshire at Deacons Boatyard on the River Hamble.  However, I survey vessels throughout the UK and Internationally with the most exotic location being in the Galapagos Islands.   I am a seasoned traveller and I know the most cost effective ways to traverse the globe.

I have been around sailing yachts and motor boats for all my life and have owned a number of different craft, sail and power. I have gained my experience through racing, delivery trips and my own boats. Through my own boats I’ve enjoyed towing water skiers, creek crawling to extended offshore cruising.

I currently own a Sadler 34 which is berthed on the Hamble.  I carried out a significant refit on and I am constantly updating.

I have an engineering degree from which I have developed a systematic approach to surveying.  I will always find a way to get at those hard to reach places for inspection.

I have gained breadth in the surveying discipline and craft types through sub-contracting myself to a global surveying business.  I have conducted work on some of the world's famous super-yachts to large commercial vessels.  This work has meant extensive travel and exposure to many different issues that can arise.   I have applied this knowledge to my surveying process on all vessels, regardless of size and type.

I am also a tutor at the Maritime Training Academy on the ‘Yacht & Small Craft Surveying Diploma’ and ‘Yacht Brokerage and Retail Diploma’.  I am responsible for the following modules:


The Essential Basics of Carrying out a Survey

How to Survey a Wooden Vessel



I am enthusiastic and take great pride in a job well done.






Full Member of the International Institute of Marine Surveying (IIMS)

Degree in Engineering

Diploma in Marine Surveying (DipMarSur) through IIMS

RYA Yachtmaster

PADI Open Water Diver



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