A Fairline Squadron 48 at Saxon Wharf, Southampton for a hull only marine survey. The Fairline Squadron is a modern design, boasting numerous innovations such as the submersible bathing platform and allows a jet ski type personal watercraft to be easily launched. Large hull portlights let in natural light into the warm saloon and owner’s cabin, and the twin Volvo Penta IPS600-435 diesels give around 30 knots, while allowing pinpoint manoeuvring while in a marina, regardless of wind or tide with the modern joystick type control. Foam core in the deck and superstructure, with integrally moulded engine bearers, with transverse and longitudinal stingers gives a rigid structure without excessive weight. A marine surveyor looks for deformations and other defects in the structure, in this case some minor areas of deformations within the teak soled cockpit were found, quickly rectified by the excellent Fairline warranty team.
A Westerly Oceanquest 35 at her berth in Hythe Marine Village near Southampton after a full pre-purchase marine survey ashore there. I am a previous employee of Westerly Yachts myself (Westerly Yachts Ltd came after Westerly Marine Construction, which was founded in 1963, folded in 1980) and traded from 1981 to 1991, thereafter the new company, Westerly Yacht Construction merged with several other local builders, starting with Victoria Marine and later Rival Bowman and Starlight. The Westerly Oceanquest is in effect a revamp of the previous generation of Ed Dubois designs, the aft cockpit Westerly Falcon in this case, which shared the same hull as the Westerly Seahawk centre cockpit. The designs are all a fairly typical Westerly designs: High beam, high freeboard to accommodate a large saloon, well built with some might say overbuilt GRP work, at a time when resin costs were sky rocketing again it is easy to see why lighter designs, particularly from France were so much more profitable.
A classic Princess 45 by Bernard Olesinski and built by Marine Projects in Plymouth. These timeless designs may be getting elderly but are very much in demand. This particular marine survey at Shamrock Quay in Southampton was for an insurance renewal, often required when vessels are over 20 years old in order to check the structure and systems are safe. With a well built, single skin hull and substantial GRP laminate lay-up, these designs may well outlast more modern lighter alternatives.
A Sunseeker Superhawk 34 marine survey in Saxon Wharf, Southampton. These classic Don Shead / Sunseeker International race derived deep v performance hulls are very much in demand. With a single skin FRP hull and cored decks, these Sunseekers were built very well. With performance capable of over 40 knots, a timeless design.
Dehler 36 CWS marine survey for insurance renewal at Hythe Marina Village. These Dehlers were built to last, the quality of these elder boats is well known and hence they fetch very respectable prices when they come onto the market, compared with more recent yachts and other marques.
Fleming 55 motor yacht, twin screw trawler type, marine survey. This Fleming 55 has undergone a substantial refurbishment programme both to the superstructure plus a full WEST system epoxy treatment below waterline over 3 months by GRP Boat Repairs in Shamrock Quay – now based at Universal Marina, river Hamble.
Moody 44 Marine Survey Southampton, a 1991 vessel in excellent condition with an ongoing thorough maintenance programme by an experienced owner. This Moody has done 2 cross Atlantic trips, competing in the ARC with the current owner, and easily capable of doing another similar trip.
Bowman 40 Yacht Marine Survey at Shamrock Quay, Southampton. This Bowman 40, built in Southampton to exacting standards including Lloyds Certification and has been well looked after. Her single skin hull construction with long fin lead keel, full length skeg and moderate displacement design by Chuck Paine make her a great blue water cruiser.
Fountaine Pajot 44, Southampton Marine Survey. The owner of this Fountaine Pajot 44 required a limited scope survey by a qualified Yacht Surveyor to inspect the underwater hulls and record accurate moisture readings.