'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

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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

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Karnic 2050

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

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Yacht and Motorboat Finder Services

As a surveyor and self confessed boat nerd, I spend my working life on boats and my free time on the water. I know most boats that have been made and equipment that goes on them.  Therefore by knowing the requirements and budget, I can short list a number of vessels that would be suitable.

Then once the kind of boat is known, I can find the best value of those available. The search can start with a telephone conversation, what is the history of the boat, has it been re-engined, and what equipment does it have on board.  An important factor to consider is that the value of a boat doesn’t increase by the money you spend on it. Therefore, you could pay marginally more, and get a much better boat! 

Example questions in deciding your first or next boat are:


How are you planning to use the boat?

  • Are you looking for comfortable weekend sailing with the view to spending a couple of weeks on the boat in the summer?
  • Racing around the cans in Cowes Week.

What kind of sailing do you plan to do – for instance dictates the keel configuration

  • Creek crawling – lift or bilge keel
  • Coastal cruising – fin keel
  • Cruiser Racing
  • Racing
  • Blue water  - long keel / skeg hung rudder

Who is going to be on the boat?

  • Short handed
  • Family cruising
  • Racing crew
  • Single handed

Boat Finder – Sample process

  • What are your requirements
  • Suitable vessels forwarded  - websites can give a reasonable idea of the a boat
  • Suitable boats are shortlisted and that type of can be viewed – this is not potentially the boat to offer on, rather to give an idea of that boat.  Sometimes the boat may not be for sale.
  • Now the Client has a good idea of what they want
  • The real search is now on!
  • All boats in the market area are found
  • Initial investigations to rank the boats
  • Client starts to view the boats
  • Potential walk through surveys by Precision Yacht Surveying
  • Offer – advise on offer amount
  • Offer Acceptance
  • Pre-Purchase Survey
  • Potential re-negotiation on offer through any found issues


After a reasonably short conversation I can get an idea of what you are looking for.  This then combines with boats you have owned or sailed on.

Let me help you find the boat that meets you requirements and aspirations