Guy Nicholls, Principal Marine Surveyor and owner of Solent Marine Surveys, is a qualified marine surveyor in Southampton and the Solent area.

Southampton Marine Surveyor – GRP Specialist

We specialise in marine surveys for GRP (FRP) powerboats and sailing yachts.

Marine Survey types

Pre-purchase, insurance and partial marine surveys, sea trials, initial assessments. We also undertake project supervision and management on build and refit work.

Please contact Guy or Louise Nicholls for a discussion.


Southampton is a major commercial port as well as a hub for leisure sailing yachts and powerboats. It offers several large marinas, unlimited boat repairing and refit facilities and the Royal Southampton Yacht club in Ocean Village. Marinas on the River Itchen, from the South include:

Ocean Village, an MDL marina with no facilities ashore but offering 375 berths.

Shamrock Quay, another MDL marina, is the next on the west side. It’s a good site for carrying out marine surveys and is a favourite of mine. It has numerous facilities including the Willett Marine Tent; available for short term undercover for refit work to a vessels.

Saxon Wharf is the next major facility on the Southampton side. The massive 200 tonne hoist enables this yard, previously Southampton Yacht Services and Oyster Yachts to lift the largest of the Oyster Yachts fitted out here.

Kemps Quay to the eastern side is a fairly low budget marina as is Lauren Marine near the Itchen toll bridge which offers storage afloat and ashore at competitive rates.

Town Quay Marina, on the river Test to the Western side is within walking distance of Southampton City Centre and is adjacent to the Red Jet terminal for Isle of Wight access.

Based in the Solent area Solent Marine Surveys regularly conducts surveys on the South Coast including Southampton, Lymington, Hamble, Poole, Cowes, Gosport, Port Solent, Portsmouth and Chichester. We are happy to travel throughout the UK and abroad to Europe and further.

Solent Marine Surveys is a limited company registered in England and Wales. Guy Nicholls is a qualified marine surveyor with full professional indemnity and public liability insurance.

Sunseeker Superhawk marine survey at Saxon Wharf, Southampton

Bowman 40 in the slings at Shamrock Quay, Southampton ready for a full condition marine survey

Shamrock Quay Marina, Southampton