I have now retired from day to day surveying but am still undertaking some consultancy work. If you are looking for a yacht surveyor in Kent, Essex, Suffolk and Sussex to Solent I can recommend Mandy Bruce AMRINA of Magellan Yacht Surveys. In this last bastion of male dominance it is refreshing to see a woman breaking the mould. Mandy comes from a very distinguished sailing family and is a formidable skipper often to be found giving her male competitors a run for their money racing her Westerly Fulmar. Click here to visit Magellan Yacht Surveys.
I retire as a Fellow Member of YDSA and have been an A1 Examiner for Mecal.
I should like to say a heartfelt thankyou to all the Clients over the years, many of whom have become friends, as they have all enabled me to pursue and enjoy the most fascinating career. Few men are as lucky as I have been, earning a living from my life's passion and its driver.
I am still undertaking some consultancy work and special projects. Overseeing the build of a replica of "Teignmouth Electron" for the upcoming film starring Colin Firth is a recent example and was a most fascinating project. The story of Donald Crowhurst is one of the most compelling sea stories of the 20th century and for more details of the film please click on the picture above.
I would also like to say a special thankyou to those delegates from past survey courses from as far afield as the Maldives and Australia and with whom I am still in touch. You guys were a defining force in one of the most satisfying phases of my life.
I shall remain as a consultant on the practical surveying course I originated in 2007 and which now attracts delegates from all over the globe.
The course is now delivered very successfully by Martin Evans and Aidan Tuckett and they will acquire all rights to the course when the transition is complete. I am delighted to pass the course on to Martin and Aidan as they are not only trusted colleagues but also very nice people. I know they will develop and improve the course so as to retain its unique position. Please see the Training Courses Page for more details and availability.
In 2010 I had a book on surveying published by Adlard Coles Nautical which is subtitled "a Hands on Insiders Guide to buying a Secondhand FRP Boat"
If you want to know more about surveying or are contemplating the purchase of a boat please buy a copy! Click on the picture to find it on Amazon. For a review by the Cruising Association click here and one by the Ocean Cruising Club here