Marine surveyors in Southampton, Portsmouth & Solent

Marine Techniques is run by dedicated Marine Surveyors and specialists who understand the requirements of boat owners and the pitfalls that can be encountered when purchasing any boat and those that occur during ownership.

All our surveyors qualifications are internationally recognized within the marine industry relating to boat construction, design, marine engineering and management. All are members of the I.I.M.S. or Y.D.S.A. 

Marine Techniques surveyors have many years experience in the industry and have been appointed by various institutions including insurance companies, finance houses, M.C.A, M.E.C.A.L, Y.D.S.A and the R.Y.A.

Types of Survey:
We offer several types of survey, ranging from the full pre-purchase survey through to insurance and damage surveys. 
In addition we also carry out full engine examinations plus our tailored three boat package.

Should you be considering buying a yacht, a small leisure craft or a commercial vessel we are here to help and will always take the time
to discuss your specific requirements.

Areas covered in Hampshire & Solent include :- Keyhaven, Lymington, Beaulieu, Yarmouth, Cowes, Southampton, Hamble, Gosport, Southsea, Portsmouth, Port Solent, Hayling Island, & Emsworth.

The Solent
The Solent is 15 miles long and varies in width between 21 to 3 miles due to the undulating shape of its opposing coasts. Within the Solent, strong currents flow through the Hurst Narrows at the western entrance to the Solent. However, at the entrances to Portsmouth, Langstone and Chichester Harbours, surface currents may reach in excess of 3 metres per second on a full spring ebb. To the west of Portsmouth is Portsmouth Harbour, this is a roughly triangular natural harbour, each of the three sides is approximately two and a half miles long.
Marine Surveyors - Keyhaven, Hampshire
Keyhaven harbour is is shielded by the massive shingle bar that leads to the famous Hurst Castle at the western end of the Solent. It is well protected but the harbour is mainly drying.
Marine Surveyors - Lymington, Hampshire
Lymington is an attractive estuary two miles long with the entrance channel lying between salt marshes. A beautiful, Georgian market town, Lymington is situated on the southern edge of the New Forest, between Southampton and Bournemouth and at the western end of the Solent.

There are two marinas, Lymington Yacht Haven and Berthons, the ferry terminal and at the Town Quay room there is room for up to 100 visiting boats within two minutes walk of the town centre.

Marine Surveyors - Beaulieu, Hampshire
The Beaulieu River and the 18th century shipbuilding village of Buckler’s Hard has been in the private ownership since 1724. It was here that wooden ships for the English Fleet were built and the village today retains much of the atmosphere of its shipbuilding origins. The uniquely situated Yacht Harbour offers 110 berths in a beautiful and sheltered reach of the Beaulieu River.

Marine surveyors in Southampton, Portsmouth & Solent

Marine Surveyors - Hythe, Hampshire
Hythe Marina was the first marina village to be built in the UK. There is boat lifting for vessels up to 40 tons, including an emergency boat lifting facility, general cranage up to 8 tons and cradle hire for various boat types. Hythe marine provides storage ashore for over 160 boats, including a secure compound for small boat storage. A regular ferry service is in operation which runs from Hythe right into the centre of Southampton.

Marine Surveyors - Southampton, Hampshire
Southampton is one of the greatest natural harbours in the world and is one of the UK’s busiest and important ports benefiting from four tides a day and facing one of the world’s busiest waterways.

It is in this area that most marine surveys are carried out due to the number of yachts and powerboats in a concentrated area. The Solent plays host to both the commercial shipping and the vibrant leisure activities as the Port welcomes the world’s largest vessels, from deep-sea container ships to cruise giants. The harbour is renowned for its international events such as the Whitbread and Global Challenge yacht races, Cowes Week and the Southampton International Boat Show. Home to around 2,500 recreational berths, Southampton has marinas with visitor facilities at Hythe, Town Quay, Ocean Village, Kemps and Shamrock Quay. There is also dry berthing and cranage at Drivers Wharf and cranage and some shore storage at Itchen Marine at American Wharf.

Marine Surveyors - Yarmouth, Isle of Wight
Yarmouth is a very popular small harbour in the western Solent. It has a number of boatyards and marine service companies, with liftouts for smaller boats available by the harbour office, and larger boats can be hauled out by Harold Hayles Marine.

Marine surveyors in Southampton, Portsmouth & Solent

Marine Surveyors - Cowes, Isle of Wight
Cowes on the Isle of Wight is one of the premier yachting centres of the world, and home to the massive Round the Island Race, one of the world’s largest yacht races, and of course the world famous Cowes Week. Cowes has earned a reputation for unparalleled race and event management skills, plus a wide range of support services and maintenance facilities, designed to cope with the diverse nature of modern yachting. Cowes Yacht Haven offers is accessible at all states of the tide and has full services including launches, lift out and winter storage. Across the river is East Cowes Marina. There are a number of boatyards, including Lallows, Kingston Marine Services and Medina Yard.
Marine Surveyors - Hamble, Hampshire
The River Hamble at the heart of the sheltered waters of the Solent, protected from the open sea by the Isle of Wight, and benefiting from a two hour stand at high water, is an ideal base for cruising whether one’s horizons are limited to the Solent and Isle of Wight, or extend further afield on the South Coast, the Channel Islands or France. The River Hamble Authority basedv at Warsash, Yacht Clubs, Marinas and Boatyards provide moorings for thousands of yachts, and marina facilities include Hamble Point Marina, Mercury Yacht Harbour, Premier Marina, Port Hamble Marina plus several other smaller operations. The River Hamble is very much at the heart of the South Coast sailing scene, with many racing yachts based there.
Marine Surveyors - Gosport, Hampshire
Gosport Marina is a large marina situated on the port hand side of the busy Naval and commercial port of Portsmouth, opposite HMS Warrior. The marina has 530 berths and full lifting facilities up to 20 tonnes. Nearby is also Haslar Marina, which has 600 berths but no lifting facilities. The new Royal Clarence Marina based in the old Navy victualling yard has berthing, but no lift-out facilities.

Marine surveyors in Southampton, Portsmouth & Solent

Marine Surveyors - Portsmouth and Southsea, Hampshire
Portsmouth is steeped in maritime history and is a place of great fascination. Portsmouth Harbour is home to Portsmouth Naval Base, the Cross Channel ferry port and a commercial dock and is therefore very busy with maritime traffic. Vessels over 20m in length have to enter and leave Portsmouth Harbour in the main channel, and must have permission from the Queen’s Harbour Master. Vessels over 48m in length must have a pilot boat to enter and leave Portsmouth Harbour. Port Solent Marina is in the upper reaches of Portsmouth Harbour, accessed by lock gates. The Marina has approximately 800 berths and crane capacity of 35 tonnes. There is also a fully serviced boat yard facility with storage for 500 boats, and residential and commercial developments such as cinemas, health club and restaurants attached. There are many other boatyards and mooring facilities within Portsmouth Harbour, including the marina at Southsea. Southsea Marina has a cill gate which opens and closes automatically at certain states of the tide, once inside the marina berths are protected and there are full boatyard and lift-out facilities.
Marine Surveyors - Hayling Island, Hampshire
Northney marina is situated on the north shore of Hayling Island within Chichester Harbour, one of Europe’s largest natural harbours. The harbour’s sheltered waters provide safe cruising and there are plenty of anchorages to explore within the area, such as Itchenor with its quaint pubs or Bosham village. Other marinas in the Hayling island area include Wilsons Boatyard owhich offers sheltered tidal moorings, slipping, craning, scrubbing piles, lay up berths, and storage ashore for boats up to around 12 metres in length, 12 tonnes and with a draft of up to 2 metres.
Marine Surveyors - Emsworth, Hampshire
Emsworth is a pretty village on the western side of Chichester Harbour. Emsworth Yacht Harbour has 227 pontoon berths for yacht and motor boats with facilities for boat storage ashore and boat movement.

Marine surveyors in Southampton, Portsmouth & Solent