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:

"I would have no hesitation in using Simon again, his service was first class and the survey allowed me to make the correct decision over purchasing my boat. We found Simon to be very approachable and professional. Simon gave me confidence to buy our boat with a good understanding of the work required to put her right. I have no hesitation in recommending Simon to anyone requiring a comprehensive survey and sound advice. He will be the first I call when I eventually get a bigger boat." Dave Young