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:

"Simon’s advice was invaluable when I was choosing a second-hand sailing cruiser to buy. He made a thorough assessment of the potential purchase and came with me on the sea trial, so was able to point out what might need attention. Whenever I’ve had any concerns about the boat, he has come up with a practical solution which has saved me lots of money!" Dr Rosie Dalton