Simon Thorne

Marine surveyor for yachts and small craft (wood, GRP, aluminium and steel), particular specialism in wooden vessels.


I offer a holistic service which begins with a pre-survey assessment for potential buyers to determine if the purchase is worth pursuing (the charge is deducted from any subsequent survey). I can project manage your purchase, repair work or restoration. On completion of the survey I will be happy to offer a follow-up service as required.

I offer a personal and prompt service for:

  • Pre-survey Assessment
  • Pre-purchase Surveys
  • Valuation
  • Structural Surveys
  • Insurance/Condition Surveys
  • Damage Assessment Surveys
  • Project Management for repairs and new build
  • Post survey consultancy

My passion for boats stems from my early life in Bembridge on the Isle of Wight, where I built my first Mirror dinghy at the age of 6 and I have been sailing ever since. I have maintained a life-long interest in boat construction, restoring and maintaining various boats for my own use and others, and currently sail a Hallberg Rassy, berthed in Southampton.

My other love is wood. In my previous career as a cabinet maker and lecturer in furniture design, I acquired an extensive knowledge of wood, its properties and applications. I have a PhD in the use of compass timbers in ships’ construction, and have undertaken 5 years research into wooden hulls, resulting in a thorough understanding of all types of timber used in boat building.

Contact Information:

Tel No: 01242 524249

Mobile: 07731 547652


For further information please call or email us, or alternatively complete the form below:

"Not only did Simon’s initial examination give us the confidence to purchase our chosen yacht but he has provided excellent ongoing technical advice and support." Pat Green HR312 Siara